It’s All for a Reason

Hello everyone! I know it’s been a while. Still working on getting back into a routine that involves connecting with all of you on a regular basis. When I first got into blogging I never thought I’d be writing this but…I really miss it and all of you. As always, I thank you for your patience, loyalty and support.

I do believe, however, everything happens for a reason. Hokey and cliché as that sounds, I can’t discount that tenet I hold as I watch different pieces of my life’s puzzle come together. That’s one of my favorite analogies/metaphors: considering life a 1000-piece puzzle I get to assemble without benefit of the photo on the box to show me what the finished product will look like. All I have is that multitude of pieces tossed together, and I get to fit them into a unit via trial-and-error. When enough pieces have come together, I get to step back, look at that section (from some distance) and realize what a particular section is. Oh! There’s a flower. That’s a bird, etc. Then I get to start semi-blindly fitting pieces together again until another section identifies itself.

The key is, I’ve got to be patient while I’m fitting one piece to another. Not easy, I promise. But on my life’s journey, as events fall into place and I take that step back to view how one impacted another, I get a better sense of how one episode relates to another to put me where I am today.

Here are three quick examples:

 In the long run, this one is insignificant; I’m only making a point. My son and I stopped at CVS. Of course I only meant to buy one item, had a limited amount of cash and didn’t want to use my credit card. As teens will do, he kept handing me things to buy. The last item was a lip balm that cost almost $4, but I didn’t realize it until the cashier rang it up. That put me over my cash limit so I told him to put it back. The cashier had to cash out the sale and redo it. I’ll be darned: I got a $3 coupon to use on the spot and even went home with some change. Go figure.

Second example might get me somewhere in life. I love the idea public speaking. (Remember me? I’m that kid who made microphones from ping-pong balls, aluminum foil and shoelaces, lol.)  Had a taste of presenting to an audience–and my first paycheck!–earlier this year at school, during a professional development workshop I gave with a friend/colleague. When recently, I needed to follow up for a copy of the certificate and proof of the professional development hours for my own employee file, I wound up connecting with a key person who coordinates workshops and their speakers. I put my goal as a speaker out there and guess what? I’m to stop in her office to discuss this further!

The third relates directly to my novel writing. I was waiting for word from a publisher on a given manuscript. Took four months to be told, “Doesn’t meet our needs” (again). Last time, the rejection hurt. Guess what? Part of  me wanted to be turned down. The publishing world has changed dramatically in the few years since I became part of it, and I now feel I have a clear path on the direction of my next step.

So how about you? Do you see your life events as a random series of happenings, or a chain of events that link together over time? 

Wishing all of you a wonderful day. I’ll be posting a long-promised interview to online friend and author Patricia Andres this upcoming Wednesday–looking forward to checking in with you again then!

Joanna

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6 thoughts on “It’s All for a Reason

  1. Hi Joanna,

    I like the new blog format…I guess I haven’t been here in a while!

    I do think everything happens for a reason…whether we ever get to understand those reasons in the here and now is another thing entirely. I do believe that the things that happen put you in the situations and places you are meant to be in.

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    1. Hi Debra–we haven’t waved to each other in a while. So glad to know you dropped in. (Waving both arms.) Yes, I like to change things up every now and again–too easy to get caught in the comfort zone.

      Hope all is well with you. I have a friend who truly believes each of us is ‘exactly where we’re supposed to be in God’s plan.’ I’m not always thrilled with that notion, but I do take comfort in it.

      Y’all come back now, y’hear?

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  2. Great post, Joanna. Personally, I don’t believe in coincidences. If I really take a look at my life, everything is linked together. A long series of seeming mishaps that all, in the end, have actually led me somewhere. Even that miserable boyfriend who I wondered if I’d wasted my time on him had his purpose. So yup, I’m with you. I see it as all being linked. It’s happened so much that nowadays when presented with a challenge I stop and ask, “okay, what’s the lesson here and where is this trying to lead me?” I also follow those little nudges. You know, the ones deep in the pit of your stomach you’re not sure where they come from except you feel compelled to do something? I figure that’s someone trying to lead me somewhere.

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    1. Thanks so much for your kind words and comment, Joanne. (Maybe we’re soul sisters; the miserable boyfriend I had taught me what I DIDN’T want in a relationship, lol.) I so believe in life lessons and that I won’t fully understand something until enough plays out so that I can make sense of it. And yes, when something nudges me enough I know it’s time to act!

      Hope you’ll visit again soon! 🙂

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  3. I’m a definite believer in the “one door closes and another opens” way of thinking. with writing in particular, we can never give up. And as you mention, publishing is changing so much my head spins at the thought. You’ll find the right home for the book at the right time, just like those puzzle pieces.

    Thanks for the blog.

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    1. Thanks for your support, Lynne, and for stopping by! My head is spinning too; I know I need to take little steps and make manageable pieces out of all there is to do to be part of this new wave of marketing, promoting, etc. I do, however, enjoy making new contacts and friends. Hope you drop in again soon! 🙂

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