Re-creating yourself at Easter

“Life is not about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself.” —George Bernard Shaw

A Facebook friend posted this quote on his site last week. (Thanks Garin!) I “liked” it, and I made note of it as something worth thinking about. Especially at Easter. The cycle of loss and rebirth touches every life, and we think about it especially at Easter, with its dominant theme of loss and rebirth (however you choose to interpret it).

For me, Easter is a time to remember that out of every heartbreaking tragedy comes light.

Or more precisely, in a time of heartbreaking tragedy, it’s important to look for the light, maybe even create it.

Ten years ago, 11-year-old Sandrine Craig was killed in a car accident. What a heartbreaking tragedy. But her family chose to donate her organs to help others, and they went on to establish Sandrine’s Gift, an organ and tissue donation awareness campaign.

What a wonderful light.

At age 18, Terry Fox was diagnosed with bone cancer. He died four years later at the age of 22. What a heartbreaking tragedy. As a result of his Marathon of Hope, however, almost $500 million has been raised for cancer research and countless lives have been saved or prolonged.

What a wonderful light.

In early 1995, Christopher Reeve landed head first after a fall off his horse. The fall shattered his C1-C2 vertebrae leaving him paralyzed from the neck down and unable to breathe. During subsequent surgery, doctors had to reattach his head to his spine. What a heartbreaking tragedy. Since then, the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation has dedicated itself to treating and curing spinal cord injuries.

What a wonderful light.

For many people, the resurrection story can’t be a literal one. For me, it’s about creating light in the darkness, and changing things in a way that doesn’t allow the world to go back to the way things were before.

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About Arlene Somerton Smith

Writer, laughing thinker, miner of inspirational insights, sports fan, and community volunteer

Posted on April 22, 2011, in good faith, Inspiration, religion and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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