Monday, November 22, 2010

It's a Matter of Perspective

Everything happens for a reason. Doesn't it? There is a definite correlation between events -- cause and effect. Sometimes it's subtle, other times it's overt. But it's always there, even if you have to search long and hard for it before you can see it. There is a gestalt to it all. I've always believed that, ever since I've been old enough to appreciate the difference between instilled dogma and actual thinking.

Some things happen for which no discernible reason can be seen. Perhaps the point is that it's not meant to be readily seen. If it makes you think, causes you wonderment, forces you to learn something from it in the long-run, its point was made.

It's the people who sail blithely through life experiencing one mishap after another but never taking any lesson from it who worry me. They believe it's bad luck, coincidence, a hex, maybe just an evil moon. Sometimes you think they're just lost causes -- hopeless. Yet, if you think about it, that in itself is an experience to be absorbed and learned from. Isn't it?

I belly-ache a lot about bad luck and evil moons, but it's said tongue in cheek because I've known for a long time that we make our own luck. If things are turning out less than satisfactorily, I know it's because I'm doing something wrong. Where I run into trouble sometimes is figuring out how to stop doing it wrong, do it right, and get things running smoothly again. It's often easier said than done, but I always feel a hell of a lot better when I get the train running on time again and it doesn't wreck.


snowelf said...

Yes! We do make our own luck. And the luck we can't manage can always be confronted and battled by positive energy. I believe it's the people who have a truly bad attitude (life hates me, oh poor me, I guess I'll just roll over and die)and do not make positive changes for themselves are the ones who suffer the most.
Excellent post.


p.s. I never take your "complaining" as whining though. I always think of you as the kind who bravely throws her heroic fist in the air and screams "Bring it on baby! Cause I can take it!" I love reading the way you tackle life's crappy little challenges--it's inspiring to me.

Serena said...

I agree with you 100%, Miss Snow. If we're not amenable to positive change, we might as well roll over and die. And you have to be able to see the negative before you can take positive steps. I bellyache, I yell, and I definitely raise my fist on the road to positive -- and I usually get there. Maybe a little battered and bloody, but I by God get there.:-)

About your P.S. -- this, my dear child, is why you're now my officially adopted daughter.:)

G-Man said...

This is a refreshingly positive philosophical post Serena Joy!
Right On Sista!

Serena said...

Yeah, I found my philosopher's stone, Galen. It was under the bag of clothes I've been meaning to take to the Goodwill for the past year.:)