Oh boy! This is a really loaded topic for me. Yes, I do believe things happen for a reason, but not in the ‘God decided it should be so’ sense. Not that I don’t believe in God…I’m a little on the fence about organized religion, but I believe in the ‘force’ of God and the power of good, love, compassion, and forgiveness. (Hmm…seems most wars start because the different religions argue about how to best show goodness, love, compassion, and forgiveness…but I digress!)
So, do things happen for a reason? Yes…sometimes. For every reaction there is an equal and opposite reaction….or, there is a knock on effect, or the ‘what goes around, comes around’ yadda yadda yadda. Whichever way you look at it, one just needs to think about examples in our own lives to realize, sometimes, things lead to other things and, therefore, there was a reason for it. Am I making sense? Let me give you an example.
I know a young boy who developed cancer. He was in middle school and he fought tooth and nail to beat it. He celebrated five years clear of cancer this winter. I also know a six-year-old who was diagnosed with cancer…the same type as the brave middle schooler. This little boy was terrified, his parents were terrified, but there was an amazing presence; the older boy, who was now a strapping senior, provided so much hope and was such an amazing role model, the six-year-old was able to face each battle with strength and courage.
Was it fair that either child got cancer? No, of course not! What is amazing, however, is the absolute belief both mothers share…it happened for a reason. The senior became the rock that supported the six-year-old; the youngster will go on to inspire and encourage others faced with the terrible disease. You may think I am being too “pragmatic or naive in the face of great anguish and potential tragedy”. I don’t think so as I know both these mothers. In fact…one of them is me!