DON'T LET A LOSS BE YOUR BOSS
PSALM 37: 23 - 24
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JESUS CHRIST said, "Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall
be comforted" (Matthew 5: 4).
"Into every life some rain must fall," is an ageless expression
embodying a grievous truth. It means sooner or later every
person will have difficulties, and/or defeats. Every person!
Augustine reminded us: "God had one Son without sin, but not one
God in His creative wisdom gave all of us emotions. Emotional
stability is a blessing. No emotion can be sustained
indefinitely. We all have highs and lows. You can't stay happy
all the time. You can't remain melancholy, sad, angry, elated,
thrilled, or cheerful ALL the time.
Enjoy your emotional highs and work to create more. Inhale
deeply the rarified air of every emotional high.
Likewise be prepared for your emotional lows. Sometimes there
are experiences that hit us hard and virtually decimate us. Any
traumatic loss has the potential of penning us to the mat in
defeat. Bad things happen --- even to good people.
A death, divorce, job loss, a dream that dies, a failed hope, a
frustrated ambition, a defeat of major proportions all have a
tendency to stun and shock us.
Researchers have done us a service in evaluating the stages
through which we go when we suffer a major loss, failure, or
defeat. In progression they are:
SHOCK, DENIAL, ANGER, MOURNING, DEPRESSION.
Most of us have not only seen persons work through thes ...
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