In my last post, I mentioned Mira Kirshenbaum’s belief that everything in our lives, everything that happens to us, happens–for a reason. And, in her book, she further explains among the ten reasons, her readers might find one or more that will quench our natural desire to answer the question: Why me?
I’d like to share her list in addition to noting that her answers are 10 among many others. They are an excellent starting point as we begin to make sense of life, understanding, and love. We are individuals, however, that don’t fit into a rigid life perspective. So I invite you to read her list and then add to them as your experience and wisdom gives you understanding.
The Ten Meanings of the Events in Our Lives (Kirshenbaum, 2004, p. 20)
1. To help you feel at home in the world.
2. To help you totally accept yourself.
3. To show you that you can let go of fear.
4. To bring you to a place where you can feel forgiveness.
5. To help you uncover your true hidden nature.
6. To give you what you need to find true love.
7. To help you become stronger.
8. To help you discover the play in life.
9. To show you how to live with a sense of mission.
10. To help you become a truly good person.
Helen Keller once said that life’s purpose was to experience the invisible and to gain wisdom and understanding:
“The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touch. They must be felt with the heart.”
Living life in 2014,