8 Lessons Learned from Tragedy

LeeAnn Taylor shares the lessons she’s learned from her darkest hours.

I have realized that it is often through the darkest experiences where we become the most enlightened. To shun these experiences is to remain foolish. To embrace them is to quickly ascend.

At the age of twenty-six, I discovered that three of my four children were profoundly disabled with Fragile X syndrome, a genetic disorder for which there is no cure. What followed became the darkest period of my life.

Here are the lessons I have learned from the darkness. I hope they will bring you further into the light.

1. I’ve learned that to bear another’s burdens is to lighten your own; somehow, it all works out in the end.

2. I’ve learned that when we turn to one another, we find hope, strength, and the will to transcend our challenges.

3. I’ve learned that when I am suffering, my fellow man suffers also; we are not separate, but one and the same.

4. I’ve learned that faith is not the blind acceptance of things we do not know; but rather the firm trust that what we do know-through spirit-will come forward and reveal what is next.

5. I’ve learned that hope is not a measured commodity, but an expansive and never-ending force which carries our highest light toward magnificent destinations. When we hold this hope, we become undefeatable.

6. I’ve learned that my heart is my center of knowledge, not my head; when I listen intuitively to it, I find endless wisdom charging me forward.

7. I’ve learned that love, light, and hope are like best friends; when I summon one of them, they all arrive.

8. I’ve learned that, indeed, I am great, that I am not weak or powerless, and that when I believe firmly in this greatness, I can rise in absolute readiness for whatever life may send me….Continue reading on InspireMeToday.com.

LeeAnn is the author of The Fragile Face of God: A True Story About Light, Darkness, and the Hope Beyond the Veil.

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Jess No Fwd Plz K.
Jessica K5 years ago

Thanks for sharing your inspiring words.

Kathy Perez
Kathy Johnson5 years ago

I've learned that I am a survivor, and that i can tackle anything

Ernie Miller
william Miller5 years ago


Val M.
Val M5 years ago

Thanks for sharing

Elena T.
Elena Poensgen5 years ago

Thank you :)

Fi T.
Past Member 5 years ago

There's a bandnew day in the next day

Robert Hardy
Robert Hardy5 years ago

I am sorry about your children.

Bryna Pizzo
Bryna Pizzo5 years ago

I want to express my sincerest thanks for article.

Michelle M.
Michelle M5 years ago

Thanks for sharing Gail. Its important to know that everyone can see the sun after the storm passes ... but it takes a lot of inner work and soul searching. Its our decision.

Laura R.
Laura R5 years ago

thank you. Sad that often we have to face a tragedy before we learn lessons like these