Someone recently said to a group I was in, ‘This is not good news or bad news. It’s just news.’ We analyzed the situation and came up with a solution that improved the process. Without the situation occurring, the process would have remained as it was, creating more work and more problems possibly for a longer period of time.
Too often we assign a value to an event, and that value may affect how we approach the situation, how we handle it, and what we think of ourselves because of it.
When I read Eckhart Tolle’s book on life’s purpose, that was one of the things that struck me – how attaching meaning to an event can actually disable people. Things happen. Some bumper stickers assign a value to those things. But if we consider that it just is, and in many instances has little reason that makes sense, then we are free to consider it without the emotional baggage that otherwise would weigh upon us.
It may be why one person remains calm in a crisis while another falls apart. The one falling apart becomes too emotionally attached to the event rather than responding dispassionately. Life happens. When some accidents befell members of my family, others shared similar events from their lives, showing that this was not a unique situation, but one that many experience in life.
It just is.
As God is.