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Is it a problem or blessing in disguise?

One of the mantras in the blogging world and probably other worlds too goes something like this: “If you want to succeed, show people how to solve their problems.” There’s something very valid here, of course. We are here to help each other. But there’s another way to look at this issue.

Trust life. Trust your own unconquerable spirit. Sometimes what we thought was a problem or crisis turns out to have been a blessing in disguise. It opens a door to a whole new experience of freedom and happiness. It is a catalyst to a new life.

My despair was total and unrelenting when the spiritual community in British Columbia I had been part of for 35 years collapsed quite suddenly and at the age of 63 I really had no choice but to come back into the hum and roar of “normal” existence.

But being replanted in the gritty soil of this world has been my salvation. It has not always been easy. But it has opened a door to a continuing explosion of freedom, new meaning and deep inner-knowing that I’m absolutely sure would otherwise never have happened.

Above all, it has made it possible for me to love this world (and myself) in a way I believe would have been impossible otherwise.

How thankful I am for that cruel blow life hurled at me that forced me to grow. That forced me to change. That forced me to expand my boundaries, and become more compassionate, more real, and more whole.

I salute you, and I salute the very real problems and challenges that you may be facing. But I find the words are true. God, as someone once wrote, moves in mysterious ways his wonders to perform. Who knows what beautiful things life may have in store for you and for each one of us as we trust life and listen to the sweet call of our own inner wisdom?

May your problems, large or small, prove to be blessings in disguise. And may nothing stop you giving the unique gift that is yours to give this world. The world needs your wisdom. The world needs your love.

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