IN MODERN usage, bombshell refers to a very attractive woman. The Online Etymology Dictionary by Douglas Harper attests to the usage of the term in this meaning since 1942 and the meaning of "shattering or devastating thing or event" since 1860. Some synonyms include shock, jolt, surprise, stunner, revelation, blow, jar, bolt from the blue, jaw-dropper, and complete surprise.

Certain events happen and we are clueless as to why. Some do happen because of decisions influenced by outside factors beyond our control. However, when they do, especially when there is an aggrieved party that cries foul, the 1860 definition becomes an understatement.

Organizations are full of bombshells. More particularly, and sadly, these occurrences are observed in government institutions. Any sane person wanting to institute reforms is pushed off the track because of the powers-that-be that alter the landscape entirely, like a tsunami that clears and adversely impacts an already developed and functioning ecosystem.

The year 2020 was terribly affected by Covid that new ways of doing things had to be put in place. Organizations had to recreate, innovate and adjust accordingly. With this new year, people were more optimistic and started to believe that things will get better. Of course, things will get better! And then the bad news...

The impact on the person will be long-term. But everything happens for a reason, we say. Perhaps it is easier said than done. In spite of these, there is hope. Hope, after all, springs eternal.

We cry. We are demoralized. We lose focus and we question our abilities. These are normal reactions to abnormal decisions. But stay strong, hold on to your Maker and claim His promise in the Book of Jeremiah, "For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future."

Hang in there. Your time will come. All in His perfect time!

"For everything, there is a season, and a time for every purpose under heaven: a time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted; a time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up; a time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance; a time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing; a time to seek, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away; a time to rend, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak; a time to love, and a time to hate; a time for war, and a time for peace." (Ecclesiastes 3:1-8)