Honoring Our Gifts: Tragic Experiences

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{Charlie’s Gift Perspective}


Honoring Our Gifts (1)

I know. I know. This one is as tough for me to write as it is for you to comprehend. How can a tragic experience have a gift? A tragic experience typically involves the loss of something. Each of us has suffered loss in our lives, but what makes the loss tragic? Perhaps it involves the belief that whatever is lost is perceived as being unrecoverable.

When I was 17 years old my younger brother was diagnosed with cancer. He was only 6 years old. The kind of cancer he had was the kind that kids his age recovered from really well. He had some radiation therapy, some chemo and a surgery which brought him through the experience and into remission. So lucky and so fortunate we all were and are to have my brother in our lives, and yet, what a tragic experience. It was scary. It was emotional.

I can remember on several occasions the most outrageous things coming from this kid as he found his way through it all. Yes, there are many gifts our family received having been through this tragic experience. I can remember him sharing that all the sadness and grief wasn’t really about the person who might die. It was about what the people who are left behind have to go through that was so hard. In the moments when he was going through something particularly painful and my mother was so distraught, he would comfort her and tell her that pain doesn’t last forever.

So today I honor the gifts I and my family received going through the tragic experience of my little brother having cancer. Tidbits of wisdom. Insights from the naivety of a child. Sometimes it’s hard to see the gifts of the experience when we’re going through it. In hindsight the gifts might become more obvious seeing them without the newness of the emotional experience.

Honoring the experience:

  1. Take a moment and recall a tragic experience from your life.
  2. Feel whatever comes up and allow a space to understand how their might be gifts from the experience which you’ve received.
  3. What are those gifts and how will you honor them?

Simple ways to be grateful for our gifts. And of course, you don’t have to stick to our calendar – you can be grateful for anything that comes along today. This is just a prompt.

I’d love to hear what you are honoring today and how you are doing it. Check in with us and leave some comments.

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