On Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2015, David Brooks wrote in the New York Times;
"According to a study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, only about 13 percent of the first responders on 9/11 had symptoms that would qualify as a stress
disorder...Even many of those who are unlucky enough to fall victim to the horrific pain of PTSD are able to recover and rebuild better lives. These are the people you sometimes meet who have experienced the worst in life but still radiate love and joy."
Brooks goes on to cite Philip A. Fisher, a psychology professor who reports that one of the reasons is that these people have had a caregiver in their early lives who loved them unconditionally and after they suffer trauma they are able to create a new story that gives meaning for their future.
I agree with the wisdom expressed in this research.
I also believe that there is another factor faith in the power of divine love to free, heal and transform our entire being and perspective.
I know people with a deep trust in divine love dwelling within them and embracing them that sustains them as they deal with trauma, loss and suffering.
In the depths of their souls, nothing shakes them because they experience an infinite source of love that fills them with peace beyond understanding, and this gives them the strength to cope, survive and in many cases thrive.
Bridget Mary Meehan, ARCWP, www.arcwp.org