No, I don’t believe everything happens for a reason. If that were true, then the scriptwriters from Game of Thrones have been in charge of my plot line up until now. They’ve used me as some sort of character device to move the greater story forward.
I don’t believe that for a second.
Okay, well…maybe for a second, during my more bitter ruminations. Perhaps during a moment of weakness, when I feel a little angry at the world and would love an easy scapegoat to blame it on.
But overall, no. I don’t believe everything happens for a reason.
You know what I do believe in though? With all my heart?
I do believe that we can choose how we respond to the life that happens to us. That we can make life happen for us, rather than as passive bystanders. That we can facilitate our own self healing using meditation techniques and mindfulness meditation.
I do believe that we can make purpose out of the chaos.
Om mani padme hum. The jewel is in the lotus.
What the heck does that mean? Well, let’s break it down for a minute.
The lotus flower is a beautiful flower that only grows in swamps. Our of the swamp, beauty grows.
Even in the most disgusting, yuckiest, nastiest, most humid, mosquito-infested, alligator-ridden places, there is something beautiful worth noticing. Something that can grow from nothing. Order to chaos. Purpose to meaninglessness.
We can choose to see the lotus flower – the blossoming of possibility, of opportunity. Or we can choose to wade in the swamp. And maybe get eaten by an alligator.