Sometimes we have an experience
that we don't understand, but if we look deeply,
or wait long enough, a reason for that experience
will usually reveal itself. All the events in
our lives lead to other events, and all that we
have manifested in this present moment is the
result of past events and experiences. We cannot
easily tease apart the many threads that have
been woven together to create our current reality.
Experiences that don't make sense, as well as
any that we regret, are just as responsible for
the good things in our lives as the experiences
we do understand or label as "good."
This is especially important to remember at times
when we feel directionless or unsure of what to
do. It is often at times like these that we take
a job or move to a place without really knowing
if it's the right thing to do. We may ultimately
end up leaving the job or the place, but often
during that time we will have met someone who
becomes an important friend, or we may have an
experience that changes us in a profound way.
When all the pieces of our life don't quite make
sense, we can remember that there may be some
hidden gem of a reason that we are where we are
having the experiences we are having.
It's fun to look back on past experiences with
an eye to uncovering those gems the dreadful
temporary job in a bland office building that
introduced you to the love of your life; the roommate
you couldn't tolerate who gave you a book that
changed your life; the time spent living in a
city you didn't like that led you into a deeper
relationship with yourself. Remembering these
past experiences can restore our faith in the
present. Life is full of buried treasures. Chances
are, you're sitting on some right now.