Wednesday, February 1, 2023

Things Just Happen

I know of quite a few people who spend tiring hours, mentally and emotionally trying to figure things out. In a quest to understand the "Why" and the "What" of stuff, there comes with that a type of draining of a healthy mind and spirit.

Does everything have some kind of special or hidden meaning? Is every mysterious occurrence something that requires us to take out our mental magnifying glasses and try to get to the root of the cause? Well, yes and no.

We seem to look for those kind of answers to help us find peace and resolve when we are dealing with matters of life. If we are fortunate enough to find or conjure up some meaning, we feel like we've conquered that obstacle with whatever obscure revelation has come to us. It's not always crystal clear, it's just something that we agree with ourselves that should "make sense" of the situation. It's not always truth, though.

Sometimes, our easiest resolve is that life happens. Things just happen. I believe there are often things we can and should learn in the process, and we can have epiphanies that are life-changing, too. The thing we must guard against is some of the suffering we put ourselves through with the time spent "investigating" the things that happen, days, months, years, and even a lifetime trying to figure out "why did this happen?" or "why did this happen to me?" or "what does this mean?".

I'll share a mental trick I use with you. If I can determine the "cause and effect" of an occurrence, I need not do too much more thinking. It is what it is. If it requires comptemplation, prayer and "listening" within, I present the question, and then watch and wait to see if something gets revealed. There is absolutely no reason to keep asking over and over and over, wearying myself with thinking, seeking and asking. All of that comes with a great mental, spiritual, emotional and time-consuming cost.

What we actually are looking for is peace in those moments of excitement, or desperation and despair. Whatever the case may be in your own life, I enourage you to not spend your whole life trying to "break the case". Just remember that sometimes, many times, things just happen without a sound or meaningful reason. If you can get some wisdom from it, get it. If you can get some type of understanding, embrace that. If you get nothing, move on. That's okay to do, too. ~ S.R.F.

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