Thursday Feb 21, 2008
For a Reason
Most us have heard this: everything happens for a reason.
Of course, everything does happen for a reason—from the light bulb burning out to a selfless act of bravery to things from the dark side of the force.
When something wonderful happens to us, we rarely say it happened for a reason—which is a passive phrase most often connected to difficulties.
I suggest this approach: when some event ensnares you in a drama, it is you who must provide the reason, the lesson, and the meaning. This is power; this is art; and this is a life worth living.
But what if you can’t see any reason or lesson in what happened?
Distance and time will for any aware individual eventually reveal the larger picture.
It’s no different in art—if you see it, then it’s there.
Of course, the test is be sufficiently detached from your ego to learn the lesson in question.