Everything Happens for a Reason
Sometimes life can be frustrating because people and events enter our lives that seem to conflict with our life plan and our best interests. However, we always need to remind ourselves that everything that happens in our life, happens for a reason. Nothing happens by chance or as a result of “luck”. Whether it be love, illness, or sheer stupidity, everything happens to test the limits of our soul and to enable one to reach their true potential.
Without these tests, life would be a smooth flat road to nowhere, dull and pointless with no opportunity to grow. The best thing about living in America, we have the opportunity make our own decisions, thereby exercising our free will that was endowed upon us by our creator. The soul wants challenges, so it can evolve and attain a higher state of perfection. The human mind doesn’t want to be controlled by government or any other entity.
Often times people come into our lives and we know right away they are meant to be there. They often come at times or in situations when they are least expected, at times it may take a while to realize why they are here,however they ain’t going away until the issue is dealt with. The learning experiences aren’t always what we consider as negative, often times it is a very rewarding time. We need to remember that often times the most trying and negative times are the instances when we learn the most and reap the greatest rewards.
There have been several times in my life when what I thought was a negative event actually turned into something positive.
I enlisted in the Air Force Reserve during the height of the Vietnam conflict. I was given the classification of a Loadmaster, which meant I would be on flying status and assigned to a C-119. I was thrilled, it meant that on training week-ends, I would be flying to such places as New Orleans and New York. Looked like a pretty good gig to me!
However, while in basic training at Lackland Air Force Base my orders were changed, I was going to supply school. I wasn’t a happy camper, handing out t-shirts to flight crews wasn’t my idea of a good time. They were having all the fun.
After pouting for nearly four years, my term of enlistment was nearly over, plans were made to marry and settle down, along comes the Tet offensive in 1968 and we were called to active duty. I hadn’t joined the Air Force to get out of going To Vietnam, I would have been glad to serve, but if there ever was a good time to go on active duty, this wasn’t it.
Moving ahead our wedding and taking a leave of absence from my work, I was prepared to go to ‘Nam. To make a long story short, three days before my departure, the Air Force decided to only take the airmen on flying status, the rest of us would remain home. It all became clear to me, if my orders hadn’t been changed to a supply squadron,(someone was looking out for me, I didn’t need to experience warfare at this time.) I would have gone to Vietnam. I immediately quit whining.
Years later , after much soul searching and research, I realized I had been a warrior in many lifetimes, and although we are always obligated to fight for what is right and just, warfare just wasn’t in my deck of cards this time around. Through this I learned to not judge an event as being good or bad, that call can’t be made until the final result is determined.
, Everything really does happen for a reason,there are no good or bad experiences, only learning experiences.
Appreciate every moment and every event in your life, be ready to glean unexpected rewards from every encounter and experience you have, you never know how it will turn out.
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His travels have taken him to most of the United States, as well as Australia, Belize, Egypt and the Canary Islands.
He has studied the Mayan culture of Central America as well as the aborigines of Australia. Photography has given him the opportunity to observe life in various parts of the world.
He has published several books about his adventures.
For more information, please consult his website,www.journeysthrulife.com.
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