Thirty years ago, nine-year-old John O'Leary was rushed to the emergency room. As he lay in a hospital bed, he frantically wondered if he was about to die. He had suffered burns covering 100 percent of his body and was given less than one percent chance of survival.
"After Ted was arrested and we were haunted by the media, I got quite depressed and I went through this 'poor-me' phase, because the government had betrayed us. They had assured us nobody would ever know that it was us who identified my brother as the Unabomber."
The question how we can find healing and hope after witnessing senseless violence and experiencing loss, is all the more pertinent. I spoke with Ken Druck who has worked on the front lines with families in the aftermath of 9-11, Columbine, and Sandy Hook.
The single best practice to lift our spirit is to keep a gratitude journal. Counting our blessings is one of the simplest and most powerful means to throw an anchor in the midst of chaos. Especially when we are walking in the dark, we need to count every star.
Within hours in Chile, 33 miners trapped 2,000 feet underground will experience a rebirthday as they are raised to the surface. How will Los 33 fare above ground? What challenges lie ahead? Will their lives ever be the same again?