Our choices shape our experience in an expansion of happiness. As we grow from experience we enrich our living and that of those around us, conducive to serenity and inner peace. Experiences have transformative power and once in a while we are challenged to manage a most significant change: a severe or terminal illness, the loss of a beloved one, the end of a relationship, a major shift in the working environment, a new career.
Peace Pilgrim became a role model in finding value in all that happened to her. Speaking about difficult situations, she said,
“There is the whole matter of having a meaningful attitude for the problems that life may set before you. There was a time when I thought it was a nuisance to be confronted with a problem. I tried to get rid of it or have somebody else solve it for me. It was a great day in my life when I discovered the wonderful purpose of problems. They are opportunities in disguise! Problems are learning and growing experiences.”
She found that all that happens in life either teaches us something, or inspires us or gives us an opportunity in serving others. Many times experiences in life fulfill all three purposes.
In what ways do you value your own experiences? When the opportunity occurs, I invite you to consider:
- How can I sustain and encourage the process of seeing each experience as a great source of growth and learning?
- In what ways do my most intense experiences in life inspire me to ever-expanding service?
- How do my choices affect and transform this experience?