I have learned not to begrudge my hardships, because of the insight they provide later. Each experience of life is preparing me for whatever is next. This idea is a reminder that no matter what comes my way, or how bad a situation is, there is ultimately a good reason. Recently this notion became abundantly clear to me. While walking my dog at time when I usually don’t, I ran into a friend doing the same thing. Having not seen one another in a while we stopped to chat. Quickly, the conversation went deeper than “how have you been” and New Year’s niceties.
My friend divulged to me that her family was being thrown a difficult curve ball. Knowing I could relate, but not wanting to burden me with her problems she hadn’t reached out. Standing on a corner in our neighborhood, on that cold snowy day that we found ourselves in the right place at the right time. Because life had given my family a relatable set of circumstances, I was able to share my experiences in a helpful way. I thought of my misfortune, instead as a blessing. After releasing her from a heartfelt hug we walked and talked, laughed and cried for nearly an hour. I didn’t fix her problem nor did she expect that of me. What I was able to do was calm her fears by shedding light on the unfamiliar. What she needed in the moment; I could offer. The timing was perfect.
The more we talked, the more I began to understand the “why it happened to me.” I believe, it was so when I found myself on a snowy corner, face to face with a friend in need, I could pay it forward. The lessons I have learned from life have become gifts that I can give to others. Opportunities to share these gifts reassures me that I am always in the right place at the right time.
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