There may be times in our lives when we feel we are completely alone and thoroughly misunderstood. These feelings are magnified during times of hardship, personal loss or persistent sadness. Feelings arise from our thoughts. Our thoughts arise from the "glasses" we use to view the world. Thus, our perception of life is an inside job. Each of us has our very own individual perceptions. Sometimes our thoughts are aligned with circumstances. For example, if a loved one dies, it is appropriate to have feelings of loss as we struggle to comprehend how life will be without them. Those thoughts generally pass as we accept what is and how finite human life really is.
It may seem that our circumstances cause the feelings we experience, but it is important to realize that this belief is a not accurate. External events have no special powers to cause feelings in anyone. No matter how wonderful or how heinous an event may be, it simply cannot cause a specific feeling in anyone.
As each of us gain a deeper understanding of how thoughts create feelings and how we only feel our thoughts about certain events, we would be better equipped to allow negative thoughts to pass through us without letting it take us over. It is our innate guidance system that leads to the understanding that we are connected to one another. Every living thing has its own unique version of life, which bounds it to others, each with purpose and great significance. None of us is insignificant, no matter how great or small.
None of us is truly alone, even though it may seem so during our darkest nights. We are all connected, each of us possessing an important piece of a greater whole. It is when we become stuck in the misunderstanding that we are alone, that feelings of isolation and sadness overwhelm us. While we all will experience disappointment, loss, and grief in our lives, if we remain present in life around us, we will find the resilience and clarity to press on.