On Tragedy and Happiness

Part of being human is living with tragedy. There are some people in the world who face it every day. It can be relentless. Others have it easier, yet seem to make their own problems. One thing about tragedy is certain: it allows happiness to exist.

You can become "bitter or better."

You can become “bitter or better.”

Perhaps the reason people without life-threatening occurrences in their lives make their own problems is to give more meaning to their prosperity. Without some sort of despair, our lives are stagnant and without meaning.

Happiness shines through our tragedy. There are moments between our struggles that we are with people we love, doing things we love, or just having moments of peace.

Those are the things we must focus on. We should live our lives in humble gratitude to that sort of happiness, always looking to be with the ones we love and create happy moments. Even in our darkest moments of despair, happiness can show its face through a simple joke or gesture of kindness. That is what gives us hope for a time where we’re not consumed by the tragedy.

The times that we have to deal with tragedy are the times that define us. As my high school theology teacher used to say, we can choose to become “bitter” or “better.” We can choose to drown in the tragedy and become the worst form of ourselves, or we can choose to value life and all it has to offer.

Part of becoming “better” is realizing that tragedy is part of life. It gives meaning to the happiness. They coexist in a give and take relationship and that is what makes life better. To become “better” is to live in conjunction with that give and take, to go along with it, not to fight it, and to realize we are all just on a journey with many turns, forks, setbacks, and beautiful views.

 

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