I am a fan of mativational speaker Simon Sinek. His sister Sara suffered a tragic loss many years ago. His last podcast discussed of how they each experienced the tragedy and how she was able to move forward with a life of love and happiness and blessing.
However, it was her reason for sharing something so personal and still quite painful that caught caught my heart.
A woman during those awful first days called her and shared a similar story that had happened to her 8 years earlier.
Sara goes on to share that that woman became a beacon of hope for her. When she felt overwhelmed by grief she was able to hold that woman’s story in her heart and know she could be ok too. It got her through some of her hardest days.
Things happen for a reason. Tragedy and pain happens for a reason. And that reason is the same for every tragedy regardless of what it is. The reason is: your experience and strength will become a beacon for someone else who is at the beginning of their journey.
I recently learned a new friend had just gone through a divorce after a decade of abuse and suffering. I was able to share my story and my path with her and for the first time I felt a sense of purpose to my hard days. I felt like there was a point to all the anguish I went through.
I could be a beacon for someone. I could be the an example that you can heal and more importantly thrive after losing your job, your identity, your self esteem, and your financial security. In fact you have an opportunity most do not. A blank slate as an adult. You can choose who you want to be. What you want to do. Start over, mindfully. Intentionally. It takes time. It takes patience. And it takes courage. My friend has all that and more. She will be just fine.
Your life is an example to others. How are you living it?