Everything Happens for a Reason
A member of our tribe recently asked me, “Lisa, what does it mean when people say everything happens for a reason?”
I thought about it for a minute and realized this is a statement we hear people say a lot. We just don’t always take the time to understand what it truly means.
Whether it’s a relationship that ends, a job that you are passed over for, a business deal that falls apart…there is usually a reason we may be unaware of at the time that presents itself later.
So, this week, I decided to share my take on the 4 KEY MEANINGS behind this saying and challenge you to consider and embrace them.
#1 – Everything happens for a reason is a mindset.
Embracing this mindset allows us to divorce ourselves from our need to control all things. Now, I don’t know about you, but I sure have to embrace this mindset over and over again. This mindset allows me to relax, let go and release the belief system that I must control all things in my life.
#2 – “Man’s rejection is God’s protection.”
I’m not sure where I heard this quote from first, but this concept has been a lifesaver for me. It helps me to realize that when things don’t go the way I thought they should go, it’s ok. Sometimes it is even for the best because there is something I could not see at the time. The word “man” is used loosely and applies to a woman, job, project, career…really anything. To me, this means that if a door doesn’t open, it’s not my door. There is another door out there, and I’m being protected from walking through the wrong one. The one that does not serve my highest good.
#3 — Recognize there are blessings, even in the “NOs”
There are blessings everywhere, even in the rejections…even in the NOs…even in the breakups…even in the release of a job…even in the proposal or book deal I got turned down for…even in the things I thought I should have. There are blessings in both the things that worked out for me as well as those that didn’t.
#4 – It’s an invitation to see beyond the inconvenience.
Everything happens for a reason is an invitation to see beyond the inconvenience, beyond the rejection, beyond the loss of a job, a career, a loved one and open up to the lesson or the opportunity.
Sometimes the hardest thing to do is to reach past the pain and grab the opportunity to learn; grab some compassion; and grab the blessings that exist—especially during times of loss. Now all I’m asking is for you to become aware of the invitation. You don’t have to accept the invitation, but know that there IS an invitation to see beyond the inconvenience and the pain, and understand what the lesson, blessing or opportunity to learn is really about.
So, I’m curious…what resonated or came through for you? Which meaning of “everything happens for a reason” was an #AHA moment? What lesson can you now see beyond the inconvenience? Share with me in the comments below.
Remember, this show is not a monologue. It is a dynamic, delicious conversation between you, me and oh about 200,000 of us in this tribe of unicorns, gladiators and change agents. I love seeing your engagement with me and witnessing your support of others in this beautiful community.
This is your home. And when I say I believe in you and I love you, it’s because I truly do.