WordPress gave a challenge to their bloggers at the first of the year to make a commitment to blog everyday or at least once a week. I had already made that commitment to myself……so signing up with them to do it wasn’t a hard decision for me. They have been really good about sending a suggested topic to blog about everyday. Most of the time, I haven’t felt like it was something that would fit into my gratitude topic. I thought I’d give today’s suggested topic a try.
Here’s the topic: Do you believe everything happens for a reason? That’s kind of a broad question which brought up some interesting conversation between my husband and son and I. My son said, in the broad sense of that question, that would imply that we are basically pre-destined for certain things to happen. I understand his point of view, but in many ways, I think most things do happen for a reason. Part of the question for me is, do you believe that you create your own life? Many people in unhappy circumstances refuse to believe that that is a possibility. As usual….. a search on the internet brought up some interesting results. The following is by an unknown author titled, Everything Happens For a Reason:
Sometimes people come into your life and you know right away that they were meant to be there, to serve some sort of purpose, teach you a lesson, or to help you figure out who you are or who you want to become. You never know who these people may be (possibly your roommate, neighbor, teacher, fraternal brother or sister, long lost friend, lover, or even a complete stranger), but when you lock eyes with them, you know that at that very moment they will affect your life in some profound way.
And sometimes things happen to you that may seem horrible, painful, and unfair at first, but in reflection you find that without overcoming those obstacles you would have never realized your potential, strength, willpower, or heart.
Everything happens for a reason. Nothing happens by chance or by means of good luck. Illness, injury, love, lost moments of true greatness, and sheer stupidity all occur to test the limits of your soul. Without the small tests, whatever they may be, life would be like a smoothly paved, straight flat road to nowhere. It would be safe and comfortable, but dull and utterly pointless.
The people you meet who affect your life, and the success and downfalls you experience, help to create who you are and who you become. Even the bad experiences can be learned from. In fact, they are probably the most poignant and important ones. If someone hurts you, betrays you, or breaks your heart, forgive them, for they have helped you learn about trust and the importance of being cautious to when you open your heart. If someone loves you, love them back unconditionally, not only because they love you, but because in a way, they are teaching you to love and how to open your heart and eyes to things. Make every day count.
Appreciate every moment and take from those moments everything that you possibly can for you may never be able to experience it again. Talk to people that you have never talked to before, and actually listen. Let yourself fall in love, break free, and set your sights high. Hold your head up because you have every right to. Tell yourself you are a great individual and believe in yourself, for if you don’t believe in yourself, it will be hard for others to believe in you. You can make your life anything you wish. Create your own life and then go out and live it with absolutely no regrets. Most importantly, if you love someone tell them, for you never know what tomorrow may have in store. And finally, enjoy looking forward to learning a new lesson each day and enjoying the journey.
I think you can learn something from every situation you are placed in. What’s the saying….. “Life is 10% what you make it and 90% how you take it”. Attitude has a lot to do with how our experiences turn out. Trying to make the best of it isn’t always easy at the time….. but at least reflecting back and trying to learn what we need to learn from it will only make us better people.
I’m grateful for the chance to reflect for a little bit on this topic. There’s so much more that could be said….. but I’d love to hear your point of view. Do YOU think everything happens for a reason?
I am Grateful! How are you?