We’ve all felt that feeling in the pit of our stomach. We hear something on the news or through the grapevine that makes our heart sink. Something terrible has happened to such a good person. And always, it seems the first question is Why them? How could this happen to such a good person? Well today I’m going to attempt to clarify that question.
Simply put, bad things happen to good people because good things also happen to bad people, as well as good to good and bad to bad. Criminals get caught and go to jail. Teachers motivate their students and live on in their memories. Just think, at any given moment there are virtually an infinite number of things happening. There are antibodies fighting a cold in a child in Northern Russia, a dog fetching a ball in Arizona, an elderly man dying in a hospital bed in Tokyo, and a baby being born at one in Alaska – all happening at the same time. So how can we ask such a question about one thing happening to one person? How can we even judge it as good or bad?
When Princess Diana died, millions of people around the world mourned, tuned in, and pondered the meaning of life. People made internal decisions to live on trying to represent what she represented. Someone somewhere may have finally gained the courage to start their own non-profit organization to help abused children. So in this way, the death of a good person created something good. And this goes for deaths of all “good” people. I know that if I died today, there would be people in this world that would shift their internal motivations, pursue their dreams, and do what they love simply because that is what I represent to them. When I was nine years old I watched by Great Grandmother wither away in a convalescent home and eventually give up on life. And I remember through my tears that day deciding that I would live my life to the absolute fullest… I decided that I would never give up.
THE TAKEAWAY: When something happens, before labeling it good or bad, let’s look inside ourselves and try to understand how it fits into the greater scheme of life. We are all apart of this living breathing organism called Earth and we each serve a purpose in the course of its life. Call it God’s will or call it universal conspiracy, things really do happen for a reason – And it is up to us to choose to see them as good or bad.