Rocks lie like flat plates, linking pebbles to still ocean water. Their honey-coloured smooth surface is patterned with glistening green seaweed. Brown sea moss contributes colours. Beyond the rocks, shelve shallows with free-floating weed and sandy floor. The patterns in the sand echo the patterns in the weed, both etched by wandering waves.
Your Potential Absorbs Unusual Happenings
As we wander the way, we are hoping to improve the quality of our lives. We quite naturally seek out relationships, work and friends who we think will make our lives happier and more fulfilling. However, although we try to avoid it, eventually we are bound to encounter unusual happenings.
Unusual happenings are events that happen to us along the way, that are not of our conscious choosing and involve loss, grief and heartache. Examples include diseases, accidents, divorce, becoming bankrupt, being a victim of crime, experiencing the death of a loved one, etc.
How can we make such difficult experiences part of a fortunate life?
When we meet with unusual happenings we are inclined to experience feelings of bitterness, cynicism, self-pity, anger, resentment and a host of other negative emotions. These are all part of a natural grief reaction.
This is the vale of tears. It is the way we cope with loss. However it is important to remember that the vale of tears is not all pain. We open our hearts through this grieving process and we become aware of a deeper reality.
When a loved one dies, or we have a disabling accident, our favourable outer circumstances are shattered and we are grief stricken. For a while we may think happiness is no longer possible. We grieve because we believe our happiness is dependent on our lives having these favourable circumstances. However by fully experiencing this grief, happiness eventually returns. We then discover that our newfound happiness is more durable, because it is closer to real happiness – a happiness that is independent of our circumstances. This is one of the purposes of following our calling – to come upon happiness that is independent of our circumstances. This happiness endures, no matter what life throws at us.
Aspects of our lives that were important may not now hold the same prominence in our mind and in our values. We are more in touch with the durable, timeless and dependable. We are more in touch with reality. We are also more sensitive to our calling.
In my own life I have been touched by two unusual happenings, schizophrenia and depression. As a result of these two diseases I lost my career, my income, my friends and my happiness. However, because I eventually embraced these illnesses and worked through the grief associated with them, I became a much stronger person. I now have a new set of values, a new understanding, a new compassion and a new more durable happiness given by the beauty of the radiant swan within.
Although I did not consciously choose them, these two unusual happenings were the most significant events to happen to me as I explored my potential. Looking back on that difficult period of my life, I can honestly say that it was a blessing in disguise. (See Your Healing From Adversity.)
If we embrace the feelings of loss and work through the associated grief, unusual happenings that we encounter along the way lead us to a happiness that is independent of our circumstances.
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