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Sunday, April 21, 2013

Why Did it Happen? That's Not a Crooked Letter or Question.


11 Iyar, 5773

One of the  issues explored in 

addresses is the question "Why?" As in "WHY, WHY, WHY,
did this happen to (me, her, him, them, us. Fill in the blank as you wish)."

I have no doubt that thousands of people are asking that about the Boston Marathon Massacre. I shudder to realize how callous the pat, trite responses that "We can never know 'Why,' or 'Why is a crooked letter (and hence a forbidden question)'" will seem to sad people trying to recover from the shock and misery.

In the hope of easing some pain and suffering, Here's an excerpt from the EMPOWER Yourself book. It is followed by a thought I've added today, for the next edition:

Are you weaker for not knowing the reason 
for your suffering? Not necessarily. Learning 
to deal with unknowns is part of your growth. 
It leads to the next psychological step, and 
it's a good one!

You have the medical crisis and you don’t 
know why. That leaves you with a great 
big "WHAT?" What are you going to do about your medical crisis or that of your loved one?

Back in Chapter Two, I asked you to list the positive actions, ideas, and emotions you and/or your loved one can pursue in order
to cope with the medical crisis at hand. 

You can revisit that chapter as often as you wish, and keep adding answers. You can 
also eliminate responses that no longer 
make sense to you.

Remember: The alternative to coping with a given problem is worse. It’s called not coping 
in all the unpleasant ways possible.

Do you know what you're doing? You're being proactive. You are taking charge instead of lying around behaving in Victim Mode.

Here’s a thought for readers with another take on the “Why?” questions they have. 

Sometimes the question "Why?" means "How can I focus on what I need to spiritually accomplish?" or "What have I left undone/
What needs to be achieved emotionally, physically or otherwise?" 

It is not necessarily a question of anger or doubt, or an accusation that GOD owes us 
better than what we're getting. 

"Why?" can be a most pro-active word that leads us into a moral inventory (a “fearless” moral inventory for the more honest stock-assessors among us). 

From there we can work on reasonable solutions and increasingly better perspectives that help us to heal.

Share your feedback with me. I'll be delighted to share signed and verified reader reactions to this blogpost in the next edition of EMPOWER Yourself to Cope with a Medical Challenge

A medical and/or emotional and spiritual crisis - you'd cry too, if it happened to you. If it did, use your tissues and handkerchiefs with my blessings borne of experience. GOD gives you Permission to Weep. And you can say that to any critics after explaining that "It's MY Crisis! And I'll Cry if I Need To." You'll find the license to cry in the preface of the book.


Buy the E-book or print edition today for a brighter look at tomorrow. Click on the words EMPOWER Yourself to Cope with a Medical Challenge. 

Face Your Medical Problems with Dignity. Face Your Future with Optimism. 

Face your questions with courage. Let it grow over time.


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