Two hundred years ago, in December of 1816, Indiana was admitted to the Union. Because the state is celebrating its bicentennial year, I have been doing some research for a presentation on the changing roles of women over the last two centuries.
One of the deepest valleys we are called to walk through is the feeling that something is wrong and there is nothing we can do about it. After a long struggle many people come to feel that life is controlled by nothing but fate.
We have all been injured emotionally at one time or another, in one way of another – hurt by family, friends, business colleagues, news media, politicians or whatever – and the bitter urge to strike back becomes our first reaction.
A hospital administrator was once startled to see a patient fleeing down the hall from the operating room. Stopping the patient, he asked what seemed to be wrong. The patient exclaimed, “The nurse scared me near to death when she said, “Be brave! An appendectomy is a simple operation.”