Life can be painful. Things happen that shake us, sadden us, and test our very souls. Everyone knows this all too well. We see pain play out for others through the window of technology and in our own lives with unfortunate regularity.
Yet, one of the most inspiring actions is when someone who has gone through great pain – steps forward to help others. In doing so there is an opportunity to heal, to love, and to comfort in a powerful way. It makes me wonder about the power that is held by all of us, as we all have been scarred by the tragedies of life.
When we see others struggle with their moments of hurt, we have a choice to shrink within our own pain or step to the forefront to provide healing. If we stay within ourselves, we are denying our own souls the opportunity to heal and experience connection. In stepping forward, we make a declaration to love, share, and put others before us. I do not say this flippantly as this takes a great deal of courage, a rawness of experience, a realness in perspective, and braveness in vulnerability.
We all have memories and events that haunt us. The pictures that we have from these moments are heart-wrenching and troubling. However, with this trauma comes the opportunity to spread great love and comfort to others who will experience pain after us. It is a fact that this world has pain for all of us. Let us use our pain to connect and heal others. We don’t have to go through the same things to help each other, but to only understand hurt as there is a variety to go around. Let’s start to use hurt for a higher purpose. Let’s begin to weaken its power to disconnect and create bitterness. Let’s use pain and sorrow as a platform to connect and create love. Let’s use it to help each other RISE.