Around this little corner of the internet, we often discuss the yin and yang of life. The light and the dark. The joy and the pain. The go-go-go and the slow down. We’ve seen how these yin and yang forces are more complementary than opposing.
This same concept brings us to a reality of humanness—the duality of life, I call it—which can look like this:
The worst day for someone can be the best day for someone else.
- One family loses their dream house due to a foreclosure. That house goes on the market and becomes another family’s dream house they otherwise couldn’t have afforded.
- One man dies and his heart is donated; one man lives because of that donated heart.
- One woman places her baby for adoption; another woman is finally able to have a baby because of the first woman’s adoption placement choice.
Throughout our lives, we will be on both sides of this equation. Sometimes the “unfairness” of life tips in our favor, and sometimes it leaves us crushed and devastated.
Either way, how we respond to these scenarios is how we grow, how we step into our full humanity, and how we gain valuable skills like empathy and resilience.