August 12

Today's quotation:

Things will happen in your life that you can't
stop, but that's no reason to shut out the world.
There's a purpose for the good and for the bad.

Walter Sparrow

Today's Meditation:

There have been many times in my life when I've told myself I wouldn't try something any more because of bad results; I wouldn't risk certain things because I've been hurt or because something else bad has happened when I've tried them before.  Those were the days before I realized that there are very important lessons in the bad things that happen to us, and we can learn a lot from them if we take the time and make the effort to do so.

The world is right here, right now, and there's plenty going on in our lives and in the lives of the people with whom we have contact and relationships.  Some of the things that happen will be bad, but that doesn't mean that I should avoid contact with anyone or shut myself in a cell, all alone, to try to avoid the bad.  It simply wouldn't work.

If I get a bad grade on a test, I can decide either never to take a test again, or to look at where I went wrong and correct those things in the future.  If my business goes under I can decide never to start a business again, or I can decide to learn from what happened and take those lessons into my next business venture.  If someone insults me, I can decide never again to talk to anyone who may insult me, or I can learn and avoid that person in the future--or simply pay them no mind.

Bad things have happened to me.  But good things have, too--and many more good things than bad.  If I recognize a purpose behind them all, then they all can help me to grow into the person I'm meant to be.

Questions to consider:

How do you look at the things that happen to you and around you, both good and bad?

When have you learned valuable lessons from bad things that have happened to you?  Have those lessons stuck?

What are the effects of shutting ourselves off from the world?

For further thought:

People wish to learn to swim and at the same time
to keep one foot on the ground.

Marcel Proust


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