"Why me?" or "Why now?" We've all said those things to ourselves at some point in our lives, not understanding why a certain occurrence has taken place. Often times it leads to a very low period, possibly even a depressive state. As we regain our strength and composure to conquer whatever has befallen us, we soon realize there was a reason we "fell down," we just didn't realize it at the time. Many people talk about how something happened to them to slow down in life, whether it was an injury, disease, or perhaps a death in the family, they all say the occurrence was life changing and realized such a positive outcome from such a seemingly negative experience. I've personally talked to cancer survivors that say the disease was the best thing that ever happened to them. They now know that to truly live life, one must live as if tomorrow is not guaranteed, because it's not. In a way, they have died to become alive. So the next time something seemingly terrible happens to you, wait before you pass judgment on it and treat it as a gift, because truly everything that happens to us, is a gift.
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Mike Arend is an author, coach, and speaker that specializes in helping others become their greatest versions.