...if we have received good things at the hand of God, why should we not receive evil? —Job 2:10
Anniversaries are full of meaning.
Today marks ten years since the tragedies that occurred on September 11, 2001 and for many Americans the day will be focused on remembering those who lost their lives.
But it's important to remember that even in great sadness meaning can often be found and that meaning can be a source of healing and personal growth.
Individuals who have been diagnosed with borderline personality disorder have experienced lives of intense emotional suffering. We can respond to this pain by blaming ourselves for our past mistakes, we can point the finger at others, or we can make a choice to do something different.
Psychologist Marsha Linehan even included meaning as a part of the distress tolerance module of Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT). It's really that powerful. While finding meaning or purpose can be a life-long challenge, it's far from impossible.
If you are looking for a good book or two that might help you to find meaning in your own life, I can recommend Viktor Frankl's Man's Search for Meaning and another called Wounds Not Healed by Time: The Power of Repentance and Forgiveness by Solomon Schimmel.