“If you so choose, even the unexpected setbacks can bring new and positive possibilities. If you so choose, you can find value and fulfillment in every circumstance. -Ralph Marston
A life changing events at any age affects us in many ways. Many people get upset and take a long time to recover. Few people who are strong willed and able to console themselves, they even become stronger than ever before. Sometimes emotional setbacks bring new hope and possibilities.
For example, no one would forget the tsunami 2004 and its effect on the east coast areas of south India. One of the victims of the tsunami is Parameswaran, an engineer at ONGC and his wife Choodamani. The tsunami turned their family upside down as it killed their three children and seven relatives. The couple broke down and even thought of committing suicide. But something sparked their thought process and they realized that there must be greater cause for which they were alive. They began to provide shelter and food for the children who lost their parents in the tsunami and eventually started a trust Nambikkai (meaning HOPE). Today (after 10 years), they look after 37 children and they found the purpose of their life.
Key insights from the example:
a) Accept the setbacks, the flow of life as such, as we may not know the purpose behind it..
b) In any adversity, there may be some positiveness..
c) Sometimes emotional setbacks turn into new possibilities as we do not know the big picture of life!!