Life throws us lessons sometimes, usually ones we knew we needed but that we weren’t willing to take the time, ourselves, to learn. They’re usually the uncomfortable lessons, the ones that don’t sit pretty with where we are, who we think we are, what we think we’re doing and why we do the things we do.
They’re the lessons that shake us so strongly, to our very core, that we end up learning many, many things all at once.
Those lessons that turn our world upside down, inside out, make it seem like there’s nothing familiar we can hang on to, that there’s no clear path out or fixed point of arrival.
They’re scary. Fearsome. Frightening in their scope, their capacity for destruction.
But they’re also necessary. And, in the long run, positive.
These lessons that hit us hard, so hard we’re left spinning in their wake, they’re the ones we needed. The ones that mould us that little bit closer to who we really are, what we’re really supposed to be doing.
We should, instead of fearing such lessons, embrace the learning opportunities they offer us. We should give thanks for these hardest of hard lessons, for they put us one step closer on the path to the full realisation of our best selves.
It’s when we listen to what life is trying to teach us that we really learn. Humbled before these lessons, we learn what it is we really need to learn and we come out the other side, chipped, sanded, polished, shining bright, that little bit fresher, newer, closer to our true selves.
Stripped of the things – habits, behaviours, thoughts – that weighed us down, blocked our vision, we arise, ready.
Ready to answer our call.
Wanted to let my readers know about the online discussion group Kate (the host of Five Minute Friday) is hosting – entitled On Being a Writer – it starts on 17th August and all details can be found here. It looks like it’s going to be a really interesting set of discussions and I know it’ll be of interest to some of you….
Also – just a quick note…I’m not currently able to leave comments on blogger blogs (have no idea why)…I am visiting your blogs (Barbara! Carrie! Julie! Sian! Gabriele!)…I just can’t leave comments…hope to identify/sort the problem soon!