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Topic: Angry (08/02/07)
- TITLE: Why Did It Happen?
By Carolyn Kenney
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When trying to please people and there by avert anger, the possibility exists that something can happen which is not to our liking. Such was the case in an incident related to me recently by a friend of mine.
A young man, whom we will call Joe, was asked by his parents to visit relatives with them one day. Joe, like any normal 22 year-old, was not crazy about the idea and had his own plans. However, to please his parents he went with them to the home of a relative. While there, Joe was just beginning to enjoy himself when he encountered a terrible accident. He was thrown from an all terrain vehicle and is now a paraplegic. He is paralyzed from the waist down, needs three people to help him walk and cannot even feed himself. Joe’s life was changed dramatically in a matter of moments. In a few months, he should have begun his fourth year at college. His goal was to graduate, get a good job and enjoy life. Now Joe’s goal is to be able to walk on his own, once again, at his brother’s wedding next year.
Is Joe angry with his parents for making him do something that changed his life so dramatically? I do not know the answer to that question. I can only imagine my reaction to such a situation. Will Joe ever live on his own? Will he be able to walk again? Will he ever marry? Will he live a normal life? Is he angry at his parents and at the world?
I imagine that anger will be a part of Joe’s healing process, which is only normal. Where will anger get him? Will it change anything? No, not really. I understand Joe is determined to do whatever he can to live a normal life. He is going to put his focus outward - not inward - and, therefore, will greatly help his mental and spiritual attitude. His determination and belief in himself - and in God - will enable him to do whatever he sets his mind to.
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