“Sometimes we don’t know what we’re learning, or whether we’re learning anything at all. It’s easy to look back on a situation—once it has worked itself out—and be in awe of the process and all that we learned. The time we most need to trust the journey is when it looks like we can’t.” — Melody Beattie
So many of us go through times at one point or another in life when everything just seems to come crashing down. We are put through unexpected and painful events. Each day becomes a difficult ordeal. We feel lost, abandoned, lonely, and just can’t figure out what’s happening around us. We start feeling hopeless and helpless, and feel as if life and God are torturing us for no good reason. It seems as if our suffering and misery would never end. But then, sooner or later, the sun again shines upon us and things take a turn for the better.
After many years, when we look back at those challenging times, we start honoring and respecting them for the lessons that they taught us. We develop incredible amounts of self-confidence and become strong, sturdy, and self-reliant in the true sense – virtues that remain with us for the remainder of our lives. And the best part is that we start learning and understanding the value of trusting the process.
Our tragedies from the past often become the greatest gifts in our lives. There are several exceptional achievers and performers in the world who have faced some heinous and soul-crunching events and have had awful, tragic, and difficult things happen to them — circumstances that can’t even equate with the misfortune that we would have faced or are currently facing.
But when asked if they wished these things would never have happened to them, 100% of them say they wouldn’t change the way things happened. These events are what propelled their personal revolution and evolution, and these are what shaped them to become the person they are today.
So, detach yourself from any judgments and hurts and just train yourself to go with the flow. Trust the divine order of the Universe, and let go and let God.
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