So I just finished reading the book This I Believe. It’s a collection of short essays inspired by the public radio series of the same name. In each essay, the author writes about the one thing he or she believes in and why for a few hundred words. I am leading a writing workshop this summer where participants will ultimately write their own This I Believe essay. Preparing for teaching the workshop has me thinking about my own statement. As I brainstorm, I am coming up with multiple ideas on the way to honing in on the ultimate thing I believe before putting it into essay form. Here’s my first idea.
I believe that life keeps handing you the lesson you need to learn until you learn it. Miss your lesson in its first context and the volume is amplified. Miss it again, the scenario is amplified even more in the hopes that it instigates your learning. Ultimnately, we often get our lesson when the volume is deafening and there is no subtlety to it any longer. Then we start on our next growth and learning opportunity.
One of life’s beautiful moments is when we start to willing receive our lessons at a more subtle volume. So the question for each of us is when we face a challenging situation is what lesson is being delivered to you right now and are you ready to receive it at this volume? When people say “this keeps happening to me” they are missing a valuable point. That’s life trying desperately to make its point.