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08/27/07

Permalink 09:42:57 am, by sue Email , 371 words   English (CA)
Categories: Blog Talkers

Can Bad Experiences Have Silver Linings

Has anything bad ever happened to you that turned out to be for the best?

Yes. I have had my share of bad experiences, and some absolutely turned out for the best. My "failed" first marriage for instance. I am better friends with my ex-husband now, then I was when we were married! Plus it allowed me to figure out the type of person I would really want to spend my life with ... and I found him! :D

Over all bad/good can all be a state of mind or how you perceive individual experiences. I don't think anyone is strong enough to say "hey, this could be a good thing in the long run" when something bad is occurring, but if afterwards we at least try to learn from the bad, even if we cannot make sense of it, then some good will come of it in my opinion.

A few years ago a lady in my city by the name of Louise Russo was standing in a sandwich shop buying dinner for her teenage daughter when she was hit by a stray bullet. The bullet shattered her spine, and left her paralysed forever. She was just an innocent bystander.

This in my opinion was so bad that it crosses into the realm of horrific. Yet somehow this woman has gained the strength not only to go on with her life the best she can, but become a strong voice for anti-violence. What happened to her never should have occurred. She never should have had to have gone through what she did ... but she did, and perhaps because of how she has chosen to deal with it other lives will be spared.

Read more about how this very brave woman made the conscious decision to take a senseless horrible act and turn it into something good here.

Sometimes when bad things happen we have zero control over them such as my example above with Louise Russo, other times such as my personal example we do. In either scenario though we do have choices in how we deal with the aftermath, and hopefully at the very least we will have learned something that we can utilise for the good.

Sue
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