There’s this idea that “everything happens for a reason,” and truly, I’ve never cared much for it.
If you’ve been reading my content for any period of time, you know I’m big on CHOICE. That everything within your control is a choice. Therefore, I don’t believe that everything happens for a reason but rather that we choose the reason.
Hear me out… Human brains are incredibly intelligent things.
We are the only creatures alive that are able to find meaning in things. We’re the only living species capable of thinking outside the box, so to speak. And as I see it…things happen and we make a reason for them.
Whether it’s a reason that makes us feel better about a situation, a reason that allows us to cope and grow from a situation, or a reason that allows us to perpetuate negative emotion, we get to choose it. Whether we’re looking at tragic events like pandemics, illness, or divorce, or positive events like winning the lottery or losing lots of weight. Something happens. That something is inherently neutral, and from it, we create meaning. I share this lesson with you for a good reason.
I want you to be aware of your ability to choose meaning the next time something big occurs in your life, for better or for worse.
Or, if there’s something in your life right now that perhaps you’re really struggling with, ask yourself “what meaning am I giving this?” This is a phenomenal way to harness your own power.
Give it a try, and let me know how it goes.