I refuse to be reduced by what happens to me


photo by Jenny Ingalls Nelson

I am privileged to know some people who truly live this saying. Recently, a friend-of-a-friend (someone I’m friends with on Facebook, but have only met a couple of times), posted that his brother was killed. Clearly this is horrific and he received an appropriate outpouring of love and support.

A few weeks later, he posted an update. He said that he was lucky.

Lucky?

Yes, lucky. He wrote a beautiful update about how grateful he was to have had the time he had with his brother, and how the outpouring of love and support from friends was a gift.

I immediately commented and told him that he’s awesome. To me, he truly epitomized the kind of person who can be changed by a situation, but not reduced by it. I started thinking how easy, and completely understandable, it would be to be reduced by that situation, but he’s choosing to be changed by it. To appreciate things, to be grateful for what was, and to live what is.

That small Facebook post will stick with me for a long time. Quotes are wonderful, and clearly I love them, but to see a real life example of someone living this quote, was something that definitely impacted me.

Thanks for being on this journey with me.
?, Lara

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