She said something to me the other day that was really profound and had a deep impact on me.
Something bad had happened and honestly, it was a truly frightening situation.
At first, it seemed like one of those negative surprises in life that brings bad news and you are at first sort of shocked.
As things progress though and the news unfortunately doesn't get better, but in fact gets worse, the shock turns to fear and maybe even panic.
Oh shit, what do I do now?
Turn this way..no good.
Turn that way...no good.
Retreat...not an option.
So I speak to my wife, and at first she says:
"Just look away."But I can't look away...I can't ignore a problem...my instinct is that I have to plan for it, deal with it, solve it.
I go back to my wife, and she says to me:
"Face the fear, and walk through it."And I had to stop in my tracks at that.
She was right--there is no use being fearful or worrying--I would face it and walk through it, and come out the other side better for it.
That was some of the best advice anyone I think has ever given to me.
Got to be strong, have courage, face the challenges in life, and "walk through it!"
What doesn't kill us makes us stronger.
Have to have emunah (faith), and realize it's just a test.
And the Almighty G-d is my shield and protector.
It's a test, but I can pass it with G-d's help, and everything will be alright. ;-)
(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)