Note: Video length 40:53 and emotional.

How can I find meaning in this? It’s very difficult to accept and find purpose in our pain sometimes. But I’ve learned a very sobering lesson and I want to share them with you here:

  1. Life doesn’t always make sense: The pain you feel now may never make sense. Why humans have to suffer, face challenges, and become discouraged enough to give up may never make sense. But this shouldn’t stop us from living. We have to reach down (deep) to find the motivation and courage to go on. Reaching deep may mean holding on to God, truth and insight, wisdom, or those you love.
  2. Loss doesn’t mean it’s over: We are all going to face loss through broken relationships and death, but this doesn’t have to be the end of you. There is still life to live, even if it doesn’t feel that way now.
  3. Grief may never go away: Grief can be very complicated. Some years you may feel completely healed of your pain, while another year you may struggle everyday to smile. Be prepared for changes in your emotions. When you deal with grief, you are dealing with quite a bit. Don’t be too hard on yourself about “moving on” or “getting over it.”
  4. We are a hurting human race: Believe it or not, the rich man and all of his jets is hurting as well. The poor lady, the homeless man, the family man, the successful wife, the busy mother, the powerful attorney, the psychologist or therapist, the babysitter, your grocery store clerk are all hurting. Humans are suffering at various levels and in cycles. You are not alone. The only end to suffering will be the end of life. Life doesn’t have to be gloomy, but we will encounter challenges, grief, loss, pain, and sorrow.

While many of us face challenges, parents, families, and caregivers are way more overlooked than we realize. Most families reach out on their own and support each other, just like Penny Knapp did. Sometimes the only hope is found in another human heart.

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