Friday, June 13, 2008

Why Do We Need Big Challenges?

The most natural question of all is this. Why does it take such dificult life changes and hard times to form the catalyst for change?

Reflect on that for a moment, and the answer becomes clear. If everything is going great, who would want a change at that time? No one. If everything is flowing along smoothly, then we just want that to continue.

Great changes cause us to reconsider everything. If we have lost our things in a divorce, flood, or fire, perhaps we give great consideration to what we will replace it with. And then it will look different when we do. Suppose we have faced a great crisis in terms of our faith, and so we decide to embark on a journey of spiritual discovery, and choose to change our religion or perhaps not rejoin any religion.

Perhaps a serious illness not only causes us to investigate holistic healing and find comfort, relief and perhaps a cure there. Perhaps that same health crisis causes to rethink how we relate to spirit. Perhaps we have had part of our working life that so demanded our time and energy that we barely had time for family and friends. Perhaps we would change careers in order to reverse those priorities. Big challenges bring big changes. We can bless them or curse them.

My experience is that we will do better by embracing them, and then looking to see what is on the other side.

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