danielle laporte who’s wisdom, insight and knowledge i absolutely treasure, has begun a weekly post on her new site titled: “burning question”. the idea is that she asks one question as a springboard for your own post or response if you’d like. this week’s is:
What’s One Dumb Thing You Used to Believe in?
I used to believe that if I was “good”, I would be rewarded by being granted a pain-free life; that my life would be charmed and flawless. (blame it also on the whole “father-christmas system – “if you are good, you get presents! if you are bad….”) Shock on me!
I have since learnt that life has pain in it – that’s just part of the deal. Suffering is a part of the mix, whether I am “good” or “bad”. (My understanding of good and bad has also radically been challenged and moved away from that childish, goodie-goody-two-shoes “follow all the rules” kind, to one that realises that goodness and so-called badness is complex and sometimes, bad is good). Bad things do happen to good people. Pain is.
But the other wonderful realisation that has come with this one is the knowledge that difficult situations also grow us tremendously and we have a choice in how we face them. There can be and often is growth and wisdom that comes out of our struggle and pain. And sometimes, all the events of life, both good and bad do actually add up to a pretty amazing experience!
love, love, m
beloved, what’s one dumb thing you used to believe in? danielle laporte used to believe in the whole concept of “the one”. on her site you’ll also get to see what other people have to say about this. share! love, m