I was once asked in a job interview "What motivates you or what do you do to stay positive? Do you just get up in the morning and the sun is shining and yeah you are happy?" And my response was: "Something like that. It's not the weather that makes me feel good but knowing that every experience has some good in it. In fact, I have never had a negative experience without something positive attached to it." And that is really my truth.
The other day, I was thinking about the blog post I wrote a while ago ("The what-ifs") and I had to smile to myself because looking back when it came to the choices I had made in my career, education-wise and even in my relationships they always worked in my favor. For example, the situation I described at the beginning of this post is the perfect illustration of that. I have had my fair share of job interviews and also rejections. Some jobs I was turned down for, I didn't really mind, other rejections cut deeper. However, in retrospect when I look at my career path it is clear and evident that the fact that these jobs didn't work out, actually worked in my favor. I can say this with confidence because anytime one job opportunity was shut in my face, another and even better opportunity came along. Furthermore, even if not entirely positive experiences, I always thrived, excelled and grew from the things I encountered and learned there.
This makes me understand that as much as we struggle and fight and sometimes worry, all the pieces along this journey called "life" will always come together perfectly in the end. Our lives are not random, neither are the things we encounter. There is a purpose and meaning in every step that we take. "Knowing what is right is like deep water in the heart; a wise person draws from the well within." Proverbs 20:5 MSG Still, it takes wisdom to truly realize this. Let's assume you found a 10 euro note on the street. When you pick up the note, would you stop to wonder how long the note had been lying there? How come you were the lucky one to find the note and not somebody else? Well, the difference is not luck but paying attention. This note could have been lying on the side of the road for days but you were the first person to pay attention. And that is what separates those who keep striving and moving forward from those who give up and are left behind.
Therefore, whenever you find it difficult to see the sense or higher meaning in what you are experiencing, remember that everything will surely work together for your good!