Four years ago, I experienced one of the greatest tragedies of my life. With one call, I lost my father. I had seen him only a week before, and he had, while in the hospital, been doing much better, and was expected to be released later that week.
Though the infections had drastically cleared, cancer still riddled his body making it very weak: his heart gave out.
That tragedy paralyzed me. I had no desire to return to work, I grieved for what I had lost and mostly sorrowed over a future I would no longer have with my father.
It took some time, however, when I was finally able to move through the pain, I had a new perspective on life, on what mattered most, on how I wanted to live my life.
Renowned author and spiritual guide, Paulo Coehlo teaches that what tragedy gives us, is the opportunity to rebuild our lives.
The last few weeks have devastated multiple areas around the world. Whether your home suffered, or your heart felt the enormity, the trauma, all the effects are widespread.
With this, how do we rebuild? It can seem impossible, but we must. And as we do, what do we build? What do we create?
We start small. We lay one mental brick, buy one plant, start with one room. Soon with time, we've rebuilt our (physical or mental) homes, and quite possibly, it's even better than before.
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