I was recently at a convenience store and my purchase came to $3.00 even. I opened my wallet and saw a $5.00 bill, but before I handed it over to the cashier, I checked my change pouch to see if I had the exact amount in coins. It turned out I had a toonie and a loonie at my disposal, but for some reason, I felt compelled to keep the coins and pay with the $5.00 bill. I had this strong, yet unexplainable feeling that made me think it was a really good idea to spend the bill and gain the extra toonie.
Later on that day, I was walking down Spadina Avenue here in Toronto and a man standing near a parking meter asked if I had change for his $5.00 bill. He needed coins to pay for his parking spot – change that I now had because I spent that $5.00 bill to make that $3.00 purchase at that convenience store earlier on. I happily exchanged my coins for his bill.
As I walked away, I couldn’t help but smile at the small reminder and newest piece of evidence I had just received that everything that occurs in our life serves some sort of purpose and therefore, is perfection. Whether it’s the good, the bad, or the ugly…or the mundane for that matter, I often see proof that what unfolds in our life ends up to make sense down the road.
I once had a lunch time speaking engagement and let’s just say, the lasagna won – 500 people in the audience and not one person heard a word I said. Everyone was too busy talking and eating their lunch to notice the blonde woman bouncing up and down on the stage. A horrible experience, but it was a grooming of sorts – I learned to set myself up for success – I learned to never accept another speaking engagement while people were being served and eating a meal. The bad or the ugly is tough, but it isn’t random.
The challenges come to us for many reasons – our growth, our learning, or to send us in a new direction. Speaking of a new direction, think back to that person(s) in your past who you dated, fell in love with, and then who ended up breaking your heart into a million pieces. NOW think of all the reasons why you’re soooo relieved that you’re not with them anymore! See! There’s some of that evidence of the perfection of it all, right there!
As the great comedienne Ellen Degeneres once said, “I believe that everything is perfect even when it isn’t.”
I don’t think we necessarily have to figure out HOW something is going to make sense later on, but rather, I do think we have an extraordinary opportunity to enjoy our lives more by having the faith that IT WILL make sense later on. That faith comes from living with awareness – noticing and remembering the small perfections of life such as paying for something with a $5.00 bill so I could help someone who needed coins for parking.
If you have a story that illustrates the perfection of it all, please take a few moments to post it in the comments section below. More stories like mine can only increase our faith that all is well!
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