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by Tim Gillespie

It seems like big events make us look inside ourselves and reevaluate our lives. It happens to me almost every time I have a close call or witness a worldwide tragedy like we saw last week. 62 countries lost citizens in the bombings. These acts have a ripple effect all over the world. They are not limited to one country.

I spend a fair amount of time in wilderness settings and have had close calls on mountain peaks when lightning storms pin us down. When this occurs some crazy things happen. Your hair can stand up on end. Your digital watch may start buzzing. Or you may witness big lightning strikes. Needless to say you can lose your life. I hate it but it comes with mountain exploration, which I love.

This happened to me at Avalanche Lake, high in the Colorado Rockies a few years ago. I was climbing with two friends who take bigger chances than I ever will. We were caught at 13,000 feet and pinned down as big lightning strikes hit the peak. I was scared.

When the storm passed and only light rain was falling, I was overwhelmed with the beauty I saw. The light on the peak, the depth of the blue lake, the rich smells emanating from a now wet aspen/fir forest came pouring in. At once I realized how important these things are to me. It made me adjust my focus because it really matters to me that I spend my life doing these things.

This week the same type of self-analysis seems to be occurring all over America, and I suspect all over the world. I have talked to music store managers that tell me people have been coming in looking for good guitar resources. These people have always wanted to play a guitar and now they realize that life is too short. If they are going to do it, they would rather do it sooner than later. They are going to try again to play a guitar. For these people it is important enough to try to change their lives to make sure they do it! This can be a very powerful experience.

This is also a way of getting something positive out of a negative. This tragedy is a chance to reevaluate what is important to us and then to make positive changes in our lives. These changes are for us not someone else. They are designed to bring us closer to what we really want. These desires have been shaped by time and personal interest.

I don't think people are scared by last weeks bombing as much as they recognize this is a time of change for mankind. A lot of things will have to change. Security, access to things we take for granted and the affect we have on a shrinking world.

Use this tragedy to take a moment to examine what is really important to you. What would make you happier and what would you do to further shape your life to fit your vision for yourself. If you are like me, I think you will find several things that can be tightened up or changed to bring more meaning. Everyone has different interests that are unique. When you develop enough in your favorite areas, you are in a position to share something special. Even if it is just for you, it can bring new richness to your life.

My hope is that we can use this crisis to accentuate the good in life and get rid of some bad things. Maybe we can even help people that are not in a position to help themselves. One way to accentuate the good is to evaluate our own lives and see if some adjustment should be made. Adjustments that will bring a greater sense of happiness to the world. Adjustments that may allow for the mutual respect of each other.