Wednesday, December 07, 2005

Tragedy marks the beginning of change, not the end of life

"The world is round and the place which may seem like the end may also be only the beginning."
- Ivy Baker Priest, in Parade, 1958

We are tempted to think of tragedy as the end of something, especially the end of times that were better in our life story.

In fact, tragedy often marks the beginning of a new chapter in our life story. Tragedy forces us to evaluate who we are, where we are and what we will do next with our lives. This often results in new beginnings.

We need not fear new beginnings. They may be approached with some trepidation, but they may also be started with excitement that new adventures, new friends, new experiences are about to begin. They are times for personal growth.

Tragedy is always a marker in our lives. Let's view it as a marker for change, the beginning of a new phase of our lives. That's the only way to survive tragedy and to make the coming years better than past ones.

Bill Allin
'Turning It Around: Causes and Cures for Today's Epidemic Social Problems,' striving to help everyone to new beginnings toward better lives.
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