- Karen Ingalls
- My journey as a writer began as a child, but my first published book came as a result of my ovarian cancer diagnosis. The title is Outshine: An Ovarian Cancer Memoir which received two awards. All proceeds are donated to gynecologic cancer research. I am a member of Rave Reviews Book Club. Follow me on Twitter @KIngallsAuthor www.facebook.com/KarenIngalls, and you can find my books at www.amazon.com. ALL ORIGINAL CONTENT COPYRIGHT 2011 THROUGH 2017.
Thursday, February 19, 2015
AFTER A STORM, A RAINBOW APPEARS
Once a storm has passed, assessment, clean-up, and new beginnings start.
We all remember the devastation after September 11th, Hurricanes Katrina and Sandy, the tsunami that hit Japan, and many other natural disasters.
A fewer number will remember the fear, destruction, and horror of Pearl Harbor, Hiroshima,
and the war zones from World War II, Korea, and South VietNam.
The assasinations of John F. Kennedy, Robert Kennedy, and Martin Luther King continue
to live in our memories.
We each can share a personal story of our own storms...
to name a few.
Each story has its own unique challenges...but we will survive and
be better if we have...
Recently I used the quote from Helen Keller, "When one door of happiness closes, another opens; but often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one which has been opened for us." Sometimes our blinders of self-pity, anger, depression, and resentment get in the way.
Or, as Nelson Mandela said, "It always seems impossible until it's done."
Some dear friends of mine have been in their own personal "storm" for six long years with no resolution yet in sight. Every morning they start the new day with prayer, devotions, and a smile. They have learned many lessons along this journey and have the faith of Job that their prayers will be answered. They believe the rainbow will appear when the time is right in God's plan. They are an inspiration.
Faith, hope, and love are necessary to find the rainbow after a storm.