Remember the aftereffects or emotions you felt as you’ve experienced life?
What we experience after an event is powerful!
It is so powerful that it can actually change our lives. For better or worse, if we let it.
Think about it:
There was the silliness of a friend that came over that kept you laughing all night long.
There was the first kiss from that special boy that made your stomach sick with love for days.
And don’t forget the perfect prom dress that kept you spinning in your heels for hours on in.
There was the “I do!” that kept you dreaming for days of the happily-ever-after.
And that moment you found out your were expecting when all the emotions of happiness and fearfulness consumed you for nine months.
Oh what fond memories with precious moments? To remember the emotion takes you back to that place. You can feel the joy that was created as if you were there again. It’s amazing how powerful our memories are.
But events and emotions that flooded my soul after some circumstances changed me forever. In a messy good kind of way as I wrestled through the aftereffects.
Moments that change our lives are more dramatic.
Finding out your best friend betrayed you and you spend years not trusting anyone.
When your child is born with a disability and you blame yourself the rest of your life.
Coming to realize that your spouse has been having an affair and your world flips upside down for you and your children.
Handing a man on the street corner a sandwich, you listen to his story then lay awake all night disturbed realizing that “there by the grace of God go I.”
Walking among the poverty in Guatemala and seeing children digging through trash to survive leaves you up nights on end seeing their faces in your dreams.
Life is an experience for sure. But it’s what we do with the emotions and days after we experience something that forms our lives.
How do you handle the aftereffects of life?
Do you let the circumstances define you or do you master the circumstances?
NOTE: Because the poverty in Guatemala messed me up so, I’m headed back on a mission trip in October. YOU’RE INVITED TOO! For more info click here or to register CLICK HERE. 1. click apply/do not check group 2. register as an individual. Please hold off on booking your airfare until I have firm confirmation of which airport we will be using.
Linking up with a community of writers over at Lisa-Jo Baker’s as we reflect on the word “after.”