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.