Even in Tragedy: The Power of Positive Triggers
You know my “Sticker Story” (Read it here if you don’t.) You understand the power of positive emotion: It can help you in most every circumstance in life, even in tragedy.
A Brave Example
In a New York Times article, “Survivors In China Sift Rubble for the Past,” Edward Wong wrote about the survivors of the Chinese earthquake and how they were trying to piece their lives back together. He wrote:
Sang Yuping spreads out a half-dozen photographs on a mattress in the tent that was given to her by the government. Across the road lie the remains of her one-story home. Long wooden planks protrude from the pile at every angle like whale bones.
There on the mattress is a photo of her daughter, her son and his wife. It is April. They are smiling and dressed in Tibetan robes and dancing at a festival at a primary school here, weeks before the school is to collapse and kill most of the children inside.
“This is the thing I was happiest to see,” said Ms. Sang, 54, a corn and soybean farmer. “I lost everything in the earthquake, and when I found these photos, I felt better. Because from these photos, I can see what life was like before the earthquake.”
She added, “I look at these photos when I’m sad.”
In the aftermath of a horrific tragedy that no one should ever have to face, Sang Yuping teaches us again about the power of what I call “Positive Triggers.” Her brave example reminds us that there is always something available to us to help give us courage and lift our spirits.
What Are Your Positive Triggers?
What positive triggers do you have available to you to help you make it through the worst of times and to thrive during the best of times? Use Positive Triggers everyday to help you live your best possible life.
My prayers are with Sang Yuping and with all those that are suffering around the world.