Oh that Phil Dunphy. He's a character that we all feel like we know a version of. Here's the thing though- it really is about perspective. We always have the opportunity to turn a situation around simply by choosing to view it different. I realize this is easier said than done, especially when tragedy strikes.
We have an employee who has become very dear to us. He has overcome huge struggles in his life. He wasn't given much of a chance at life from the get-go. He spent years in prison. He courageously turned his life around and shares his testimony any chance he can. He was literally near death, after being shot thirteen times (yes!!! THIRTEEN!!) when God spoke to him and told him he would be spared. He didn't believe in God before this experience. Now? His faith is a beacon of light for all that come in contact with him. Recently, he learned the hard way that there is zero tolerance for slip-ups and he will be spending a year incarcerated. Through letters he's shared with us he tells us that God blessed him with an opportunity to go on a mission for a year to reach the unreachable. Can you imagine? Learning that you will spend a year in prison and you CHOOSE to have this attitude? Obviously it's been difficult for him especially because this is the first time in his life that he has what he considers family that love him and support him (no matter what) and he talks about how he's disappointed us but he's also learned that we haven't left. He chooses to ask God what he's supposed to get out of this and he chooses to listen. Yes, we all have free will (that's what got him back in the system in the first place) but the beauty of free will is we can turn our thoughts around the second we choose to.
We only have one shot at this life. As all the cliche phrases go, there's no do overs and this isn't a dress rehearsal. But having grace in our hearts spills over into our minds and choosing this perspective makes the time we have here a whole heck of a lot better.