Life’s Peaks and Valleys
In the entry to our home we have a banner that reads, “What happens to you does not matter, what you become through those experiences is all that is significant. This is the true meaning of life.” All of us will encounter high points and low points in our life. When we are going through the difficult times and we can remember that God is just as much present as in the good times our life proceeds much more easily.
I think the meaning behind the banner is when hard times come what do we do? What happens next? Do we fold our tent so to speak or do we see an opportunity for growth and expansion of our consciousness. I am not suggesting that painful times should be glossed over or we should deny that we are hurting. What I am suggesting is that even in dark times we can remember that there is a power for good in the universe that is right there with us in every situation. When we remember that we can look for what we can learn and how we can grow stronger rather than allowing pessimism and fear to control us.
Recently I read an article by the late Elizabeth Kubler Ross. She wrote, “Every circumstance even a crisis can nourish you.” She then recounted how her farm had burned to the ground and she lost everything. She believed when we reach a fork in the road we can allow ourselves to feel hopeless and defeated or we can see an unhappy experience as a new beginning. She decided to move to Arizona to be near her son. She loved the desert. Had she taken the first fork she would have missed out on a wonderful opportunity.
When we develop a spiritual practice we learn to use principles that can act as a navigational system to get us through this journey we call life. Just as we use our autos GPS to guide us to where we wish to go, our own internal still small voice will lead us through the wilderness. But first we must learn how to listen.