Tuesday, September 15, 2009

When Sad Things Happen to Highly-Confident People

Sally emailed me this morning that her newly-adopted pet, Daisy, had a stroke last night.

Sally lost her beloved black lab, Fletch, in December. It hardly seems fair to lose two pets in one year.

But stuff like this happens, even to really incredible and positive and wonderful contributing people, like you, and like me.

It's not what happens to you but how you react to what happens that really defines you.

Being confident doesn't protect you from feeling pain, it simply helps to put boundaries around it to limit the hurt.

Healthy people feel the pain of loss. They grieve. But their sadness is only part of their life.

The tapestry of life becomes more beautiful because of all the different kinds of experiences that color it.

This is what Sally wrote me:

Sadness is what happens when you invest so much of yourself into something. Without that investment, you can't feel the sadness, but then you can't feel the happiness and love either. So the statement should really be worded, "Happiness is what happens when you invest so much of yourself into something."

In the end, the emotional investment is definitely worth it.