Apr 012017


Angela Schaefers “Stories Matter. Yours. Mine. Theirs.”

“Sad things happen. They do. But we don’t need to live sad forever.” – Mattie Stepanek

We have all had our share of unfortunate circumstances and challenges. Some have been worse than others. The deaths of loved ones, an illness, or a life changing injury are just a few of the worse circumstances we may have found ourselves in.

There is no comparison when it comes to tragedy and how it affects each of us as individuals. There is no right or wrong way to react or respond.

We each have the option to do something good when bad things happen. We can choose from many options to handle our grief, anger, hurt, or other emotions that take over.

The best stories I have heard from others are the ones of those who did not let the obstacles they faced turn them into a victim. These people chose to find the good, even amidst their pain. Many have gone further to create something ‘good’ from their experience.

There are many books, blogs, products, and services available that can improve lives. Much of them inspired by others tragedies!

The people who have set out to share what they have learned from their story, who share products and services that have been developed to make their lives better, have made the choice to do good, even though bad things happened to them!

What others have produced from bad things happening is endless good such as books of inspiration and motivation, coaching services to help overcome obstacles, counseling to deal with emotional and spiritual issues, special clothing, prosthetics, and more!

The people who are doing the most good are the disabled, cancer survivors, domestic abuse survivors, former addicts, former homeless, and more. They did not let their circumstances stop them from doing good!

If you have gone through something bad, take charge of the choices you have to do good! Here are some steps to help you.

1 Take one step at a time to recover in any way that you can (spiritually, physically, emotionally).

2 Seek the help, counsel and support of others.

3 Live one day at a time doing the best you can do in your circumstances.

4 Think through, talk through, and/or write what you have learned from the challenges.

5 Consider ways you can do good with what you have learned.

Often, the only hope we can find is that in knowing we can overcome tragedies, we can learn from them, and we have the choice to react and respond to them in our own way.

Taking the time to give to others, serve others, or share what you have learned with others will help in taking the focus off of the bad and putting the focus on good.

Reaching out to others is a good thing! Don’t let the bad things you have endured keep you from the good you can do.

Angela Davis Schaefers is a speaker, writer and producer and host of Your Story Matters show. She speaks as keynote for organizations and at events and speaks to groups to inspire them.  She is a TEDx speaker – Your Story Matters Creating Connection & Collaboration Through Sharing Your Story.  Angela is author of Your Story Matters You Matter, A guide to healing, learning from and sharing your story.  She has also co-authored several books, writes for online publications and blogs.  She has previously counseled families, couples, children and individuals, and has provided career and personal development coaching.  She has worked with and consulted with various non-profit organizations, government entities and the corporate sector.  ContactWebsite Books

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