Almost Every Single Person you meet is going, will go, or has gone through Shit!

On my last tour through Europe I had four people who have had cancer, two who have had heart surgery, and five who lost their partner due to a major sickness. It is mind boggling how much sorrow, pain, and loss a small group of just 20 travelers from across the globe can experience in a relatively short period of time. I am not mentioning here all the other problems and challenges that the group further shared with me, e.g.: problems with their kids, chronic health problems, fears about their future, business and professional challenges, etc., I am only focusing on “major” stuff here. I admire and appreciate every single one of them as they, despite their challenges, still have a spark in their eyes and a lust for life. They all defeated their own inner “victims” and focused instead on life and living. They left behind the notion of “that we cannot do much to change things” or “turn things around again” and instead pushed themselves back into life and embraced the joys of being alive – one of the biggest being: to travel. I take my hat off to all of them and feel honored to have been able to show them around Europe for a couple of weeks.

We all think that what happened to us in our life is unique and that no one can understand us or fathom what we had to go through. But when you start talking to people and listen closely you will realize that practically most people faced at least one major challenge of some shape or form in their life: whether a health challenge, the loss of a loved one, economic and financial crises, or otherwise deeply painful experience. This clearly shows us that no matter how old we are, no matter where we come from, and no matter how well off we are, we will face one, if not several, traumatic incidences during our lifetime. Thus life cannot mean trying to avoid the unavoidable but rather learning how to deal and then swiftly overcome the hurdles that present themselves throughout our journey through life. I am in the lucky position – and I have carefully chosen this adjective – to say that I, despite my relative young age, have been able to experience several traumatic situations – and those of you who have followed me throughout the years know how big and difficult they were. Of course they were all very painful – and if I claimed differently I would be a liar (or otherwise mentally ill person) – and very hard at the time, some of them even challenged my core beliefs about life, why we are here, and what to make of our existence on planet earth, but they turned me into this calm, leveled and trusting individual that I am today, so much so that I am showing other people how to have faith, trust and expect the best for their lives.

When going through tough times, know that you are not alone on this planet; know that most other people also have gone and will go through very challenging times; know that you most likely will come out of your current situation as a stronger, deeper, wiser and more grounded person. This experience will help you lead a more fulfilling life in the years to come as you will naturally focus on the important issues in life and disregard the not so important ones. Your mind and thoughts will shift rather naturally, believe me. Whenever you meet a person who, despite great challenges and bleak predictions focuses on the beauty of life, do your utmost so that their energies will rub off on you – you can only benefit from that ;)

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2 Responses to “Almost Every Single Person you meet is going, will go, or has gone through Shit!”  

  1. 1 Sarah Dozzi

    I agree wholeheartedly with your message that everyone will go through shit and pain in their lives. The pain is lessened when shared and when we understand and console one another, feeling their pain can reduce ours. I believe it is called “compassion”.

  2. 2 NakedHealer

    Dear Sarah, yes indeed, pain is lessened when shared and joy is doubled when shared. Life is wonderful!

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