After reading yesterday's post my friend, Kerri, posed this excellent question...
"Do you think that fate/God doled out your slip and fall circumstances in an effort to have you learn from the experience?
Or do you think the circumstances just happened and you are taking the opportunity to learn a lot about yourself?
Let me start by saying that not a particularly religious person. Spiritual for sure, but I am a lapsed Catholic, much to the chagrin of my lovely Aunt Mo, who I fear worries about my soul. But never fear, my soul is just fine :-) So in talking about God here, may I presume to say that it covers your God, my God, a higher power, Mother Earth or whatever power you believe in or pray to?
I am someone who believes that everything happens for a reason. And in spite of my mad frustration about my tortoise pace healing, I am actually happy that I hit my head. I am the first one to joke that mine is especially hard, so whether you call it macho, or stubborn, or whatever...I often need a good crack to knock sense into me :-)
I have often found comfort in the idea that God has a plan (even though I often struggled to understand what it is). This faith has carried me through some immensely challenging times. I wonder if it is a coincidence that this discussion has come up on Easter Sunday....hmmmm. I think not :-)
But I also believe we all have choices about how we react to things in life...the road bumps, the craters, the tidal waves. And I think the most important moments in our lives are the ones in which we decide how we react to the road blocks. Do we turn around and retreat, or do we find an alternate route? These moments and choices speak volumes about our attitude and help to define our character.
So my answer, dearest Kerri...is that for me, it is both. God places learning opportunities before us, the ones we most need. And then it up to us how we navigate those situations and how we choose to handle the challenge. Maybe not always the smoothest path, but I am grateful for the opportunity for growth.