From Tragedy Comes Something Beautiful

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Knowing how much I like jewelry, my brother sent me this photo, with this story:

“The daughter of close friends of ours was involved in a serious accident caused by a drugged driver who hit six cars, flipped over and landed on top of this young woman’s car. She suffered traumatic brain injury, carotid artery damage, broken ribs, torn diaphragm and other assorted injuries. One of her surgeons removed this piece of glass from her body and had it made into this beautiful piece of jewelry. We had dinner at their house last night… It was a pleasure to see her doing so well. She is returning to full-time college at IU.” [That’s my alma mater, Indiana University.]

This accident happened several years ago; I remember it well. This young woman had multiple serious injuries. I was happy to hear that she had recovered so well, and I was stunned to see this beautiful necklace that her doctor had made for her.

What a thoughtful and touching gift! In the shape of a heart, of all things. What a perfect symbol of love and life.

The expression “When life gives you lemons, make lemonade” is so old and worn that it barely has meaning anymore. But I thought about this saying in a fresh light when I received my brother’s email. When life thrusts a broken piece of automotive glass in you, and you survive the trauma and grow strong again, make that glass into a beautiful treasure.

But the real treasure, of course, is the survivor herself. Truly, what doesn’t kill us makes us stronger. Surviving trauma, overcoming obstacles, living through the trials that life throws at us is what makes us strong and beautiful.

Like this tempered glass heart, we might be imperfect around the edges, but we are tough and we are lovely.

I hope this young woman’s story of achievement over adversity, and her beautiful heart, inspire you as they inspire me.

Whether you’re working through a challenge right now, or you’re a survivor, I hope you’ll take a moment to appreciate the treasure you are.

Category : Blog Posted on August 16, 2016

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