I have a few friends who have recently gone through some difficult experiences, and one recently said that they keep thinking, “Why do bad things happen to ‘good people’?”
I (think I) figured it out; at least some of it.
Bad things happen to ‘good people’ because they will use the grief, lessons, and understanding to help others in similar situations.
‘Bad people’ will turn those experiences into anger and use that energy to make others hurt or suffer in the way that they did, or worse.
Whether you think of yourself as ‘good’ or ‘bad’, in every moment of struggle you have the power to choose one; for your present and future effect on yourself (mind & body), and others.
If you’re going through a tough time, know that when the situation is over or these feelings have passed or subsided, you will be stronger as a person and as a contributor to the world.
Have faith in what comforts and guides you, and, most of all, in your own strength.
Be good to yourself, and others.
“When you are inspired by some great purpose, some extraordinary project, all your thoughts break their bonds: Your mind transcends limitations, your consciousness expands in every direction, and you find yourself in a new, great, and wonderful world. Dormant forces, faculties and talents become alive, and you discover yourself to be a greater person by far than you ever dreamed yourself to be.”
“…at the end of the day we should remember that whoever is facing us, whatever has happened in their lives, there will be a strong element of the haphazard, and it’s that that I’m trying to leave room for, because otherwise, it can become claustrophobic.”
Alain de Botton examines our ideas of success and failure, and questions the assumptions underlying these two judgments.