Stay calm, positive through life’s challenges

Is life a test?

When life events happens, they aren’t always good. Sometimes bad things happens to good people.

People get sick, or injured through no fault of their own. Often it is just a disappointment, and things just didn’t work out the way we planned. Factors entered that weren’t anticipated. Or maybe Mother Nature sends a storm our way. No matter what happens, life doesn’t always go the way we want or planned.

With all our planning skills and experience, why doesn’t it work the way we want? Is there some factor or force we haven’t considered? There must be. We try to control our lives, set goals, work hard to achieve them. And yet we fall short, and sometimes just fail.

Why do some people seem to find success easily, while others struggle? Perhaps goals set are not in line with the skills and abilities needed. It could be a lack of capital, or bad timing. There are any number of reasons. Success and failure are part of life’s test. And lack of success doesn’t necessarily mean failure.

What is really important is how we deal with our success or failure or disappointments. When something good happens to us, how do we react? Besides smiling and feeling good, do we show off and brag about it?

When disappointment happens, how do we react? Do we complain or try to find fault and blame with others?

Our reaction is the deciding factor on how we handle the good and the bad.

A positive reaction to a disappointment will help us get through and work to improve our situation. Even when we are injured or a storm damages our home, we should still be positive.

It’s not easy, but it is better than flying off the handle. One of the best ways to deal with disappointments is to turn to friends, family and faith

Praying for help and guidance in times of trouble gives assurance that things will work out for the best. Even when all is apparently lost, prayer can help. How we deal with disappointments, a tragedy or the death of a loved one is easier to manage with prayer.

Life a test on how we deal with problems, disappointments, losses and successes.

Herb Dettmer is a retired Bowling Green resident, U.S. Army veteran and writes this column representing the viewpoint of “Joe Average” citizen. He is freelance writer and author of “Others,” a devotional book. Call or text “Joe” with comments at 419-494-4641.