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How to Cope with a Crisis

Image: Pompei. The ground beneath the city of Pompeii began to heave days before a crisis erupted that threatened the lives of all who lived there and in the surrounding towns. At first, residents of the Roman city did not worry. Earthquakes were a common occurrence. Life went on. Maybe a few people looked up and out, toward Mt. Vesuvius, visible in the distance. But people did not seem to connect the tremors with a possible eruption – at least not at first.
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Finding Hope in Crisis

Image: Pain (Dolore, Prayer). Antoni Madeyski. These are the times that try men’s souls. —Thomas Paine, The Crisis, December 23, 1776 Perhaps history does not repeat itself completely, but many times, someone’s words written centuries ago sound as if they could have been written today. Revolutionary War patriot Thomas Paine might have been referring to life in eighteenth-century America, but I can certainly relate to the feeling of his statement, and I’m sure I’m not alone. Like many, I’ve lived through more than one trying time. Whether brought on by natural disasters, accidents, or more personal catalysts, these lifechanging (and sometimes life-shattering) events can truly shake our lives and souls to their very core, and bring fresh and deep hurt that can linger for a long time. Crises can also color how we look at the future, making us warier of change and fearful of the unknown.
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