Friday, February 7, 2014
I very much believe that everything happens for a reason and that the Universe very definitely conspires on our behalf.
Sometimes the things that happen seem truly horrible, as if life has been ruined, or "taken" prematurely, or something "should not" have happened.
However, the older I get, the more I see how the things I thought were absolutely horrible became my greatest launching platforms for the most significant amount of personal growth. Some took significantly longer to heal from emotionally and sometimes even physically. But in the end, every single thing that I spent years being convinced were just flat out wrong and should have gone another way, I have eventually seen the gift.
One of the most moving stories I ever heard about this idea of everything happens for a reason was ...
the story of a young man, a high school athletic star, who lived on a very large farm. He was out doing something in the fields and it began to rain very hard. His brother was also out in the fields and he didn't know exactly where. So he climbed a pole to look out over the fields to find his brother.
While he was up there, he was hit by lightening. He fell, his legs literally sizzling from the direct hit. For the rest of his life he was in a wheel chair. At first he was a very bitter and angry young man. Later, he went on to lead a very happy and productive life with a loving wife and family.
Someone asked him if had the opportunity and could go back to that day, would he choose to climb or not climb the pole. He thought for a moment and then he said, "I would climb. I don't know who I would be if I hadn't climbed that pole. But I know who I am now and I feel good about who I am. So, yes, I would climb." (That's how I remember the story. These may not be the exact words)
Its a powerful story that I have thought of many times over the years since I first heard it.
Life is freaking hard some times, but I do trust that there is a purpose behind every event and that in the end, the Universe always has my best interest in mind.
I've seen miracles happen, so I truly believe that anything is possible. Life can shift on a dime, so savor each precious moment.
Life unfolds and each new person and situation is there for us to experience and grow as individuals. Some teach us who we can become. Some teach us who we no longer wish to be. Some seem like insurmountable hurdles that we will never go beyond.
It is in that stretch, those moments of the greatest amount of personal discomfort (physically, mentally, or emotionally) that we begin to grow into our greatest potential - what I call the Magnificent Self. It takes courage and often a great deal of support, but in the end it is who you become that makes all the difference.
We are never done. We never "arrive" never to be stretched and pushed again. But it does seem to get easier the more of these scenarios you have been through, the more you trust that things are happening for a reason and that an infinite amount of support is available and you are deeply loved and watched over.
A young man recently experienced an accident that left him, at least currently, mostly paralyzed. I would not wish that situation on anyone and every single day I think of him and his family and all those who love him and I think "Wow, what a tough journey" and it brings tears to my eyes. I can't image all the thoughts and emotions everyone must be experiencing.
It is a GIANT opportunity for all involved to re-evaluate what matters most in their life, who they want to be, what they want to accomplish. This experience is one of those moments that changes everything.
We all have moments like this when in the blink of an eye everything changes, how life looks is suddenly completely different. Those moments are the hardest freaking thing. They are the ones we look at and wonder "why?" They reach into our heart and cause us to feel great compassion.
We are all connected. The people I tend to hang out with care as much about the starving child in a remote village as we do about the hardships of our personal friends and family.
In moments of crisis, you find out who your real friends are. You discover how much you are loved. And you one day some day realize what you are made of - that potential lying dormant inside you.
I've already said I believe in miracles. I've seen them happen. I've seen cancer disappear and a blind person suddenly be able to see. I've had accidents that should have left me unable to walk and instead I had no bruising or pain whatsoever.
Sending so much love, light, and healing thoughts to the young man who had the accident - and to everyone out there facing truly scary situations.
You are loved!
Have a deLightful day,
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Posted by Debbie Takara Shelor at 8:38 AM