Everything Happens for a Reason

How often in a lifetime do you hear this expression?  Do you believe it?  Do you mean it when you say it?  Do you really think about what it means?

I have been thinking a lot about it lately, and I take a lot of comfort from this platitude.  To me, it means that no matter how bad my circumstances are, there is something to be gained from them.  It means I can learn, I can grow, and ultimately, something good is going to arise from whatever chaos I am operating.  Because, let’s face it, the only time someone says “everything happens for a reason” is when something is going wrong.

It also allows me to take a breath, and to know that I will survive whatever is happening.  Because if everything happens for a reason, then sooner or later, if I try, I will figure out the reason.  And if I figure out the reason, it means I have moved far enough past the issue to see it, clearly, for what it is… a moment in time.

So, ultimately, “everything happens for a reason,” for me, is a message of hope.  Hope that circumstances can and will improve, that wisdom can and will be gained, and that I can and will grow from whatever catastrophe befalls me or whatever disasters I create.

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