I don’t mean to be harsh, but it’s another testament to the fact that life is unpredictable. We see this all the time, in ways large and small. People don’t do what we think they’ll do, and things don’t go the way we hoped. Heck, that could sum up the entire last half of my 30’s! Sometimes, our expectations are unrealistic and we’re just plain wrong. Sometimes, circumstances knock everything out of alignment and there’s no way anybody could see it coming (or could they? But then again, at that point, does it really matter?). The point is there are a lot of things out of our control, and we have to adjust. It’s how we learn and grow. It hurts like hell, but you go through trusting that you’re coming out to a better tomorrow. All things happen for a reason and work together for good; you just don’t know why or how long it will take. The bottom line is that trials can make us bitter or better - better is the intent, but we have to believe they can lead to better times, and belief requires faith and patience, both of which seem to be in a disturbingly short supply these days.
I read a line in a book today that really struck me: “every age had its losses.” Nothing lasts forever, and we’re always called to let things go because it means there’s usually something better in store. I think this is the fact that a lot of people are missing in the anxiety and disappointment resonating through our society in the wake of the election shock. We’re so fearful of change that we fail to consider that it has the potential to take us to better days. And this is a truth we’d better consider, because that line went on to say “just keep learning.” We better learn, or there’s no way we can bring the potential for a better tomorrow into reality unless we stop whining and moaning, and decide to pursue it.
That’s all today. Take care. Have a Happy Friday tomorrow and a wonderful weekend.