Things happen for a reason
In the process of coping and healing, many people seek comfort in the notion that “things happen for a reason.”

By: Spirit - Spiritual Care - 5/24/2017

There are few things that will test the mettle of your spirit like devastating circumstances. In the process of coping and healing, many people seek comfort in the notion that "things happen for a reason."

Amidst overwhelming situations you might find yourself asking why something happened or how could it happen to a good person? There are times when you can draw strength from knowing the reasons why, but it's also possible that you might never find a reason that makes sense to you. It can deepen grief and further a sense of despair and anger. In addition, the quest to find satisfactory answers doesn't solve the problem of how you're going to respond to or deal with the aftermath of tragedy. The search to make sense out of hardship and the questions of ultimate concern will be there still.

But in the midst of trial, asking questions in a different way can make a great difference. What if you ask instead, "What next?" Or what if you ask how you can make good come from something bad? When you shift from seeking reasons to creating them, it can fuel hope, purpose, and healing. You make pain, hurt, and loss count for something when you seek to make good come out of bad situations. 

Creating and aligning to a worthwhile cause is like a phoenix that rises out of the ashes. Making good come from bad situations can't erase what or why something happened, but it does create a path forward that enables you to live with and triumph over adversity.

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