Outcome of Unexpected Loss

No one is so brave that he is not disturbed by something unexpected. Julius Caesar

On August 10, 2000, Keith, my presumably healthy, fifty-three-year-old husband of ten months, dropped dead of a heart attack. Caesar’s quote rang true. However, after losing a mother at age eight, I grew up with the reality that bad things happen unexpectedly. 

Jamais Cascio, author and futurist, writes, “Resilience is all about being able to overcome the unexpected. Sustainability is about survival. The goal of resilience is to thrive.” Perhaps this resilience is one positive outcome for those of us who have experienced unexpected loss.

Affirmation: I can handle the unexpected.

Coaching questions: How do you handle the unexpected? What will help you develop greater resilience for life’s surprises?