Several years ago I wrote an article, Brain Injury and What Might Have Been? In that article I shared several illustrations. One illustration surrounded that of a butterfly’s need to struggle to strength its wings. Strengthen it’s wings by struggling to break free of its cocoon. Struggling in the butterfly’s now, equips the butterfly to seeing good in it’s future.
Without struggle, the butterfly would not be strong enough to fly. Without struggle, the butterfly would not be equipped to fulfill its unique purpose.
As with the butterfly, struggle strengthens you and I. As with the butterfly, struggle equips you and I to fulfill our unique purpose. As with the butterfly, seeing good in our future is worth struggle in the now.
In Brain Injury and What Might Have Been?, I went on to speak to the illustration of the railroad and switches on the railroad. The railroad being likened to how our life moves down the track of life. The switch being likened to adversity we face as we move down the track of life. Adversity, like a switch; directs the train in a different course. Adversity, like the switch; moves us in an unexpected direction. In a direction that we may not have otherwise traveled. In a direction that was not in our plans. In a direction that may make no sense to us.
In a direction that appears to have no good in our future.
Adversity (a switch on the railroad of life) that directs our lives to create good for us in our future because of our now.
In today’s article, I would like to share another illustration. The making of a tapestry. The tapestry of life. On one side of the tapestry we see many multicolored threads jumbled together. Jumbled together on one side that seem to have no connection. Multicolored thread, jumbled together on one side of the tapestry that make little sense to us. But if we were able to look at the other side of the tapestry those jumbled, multicolored threads would take on new meaning. The reason why we encountered adversity and struggle in our lives would be understood.
The reason why we needed to experience, face and address each adversity through struggle.
But if we were able to look at the other side of the tapestry those jumbled, multicolored threads would make perfect sense to us. Sense to us that we may not have liked or understood at the time.
What may seem to be indiscriminate now, will make perfect sense in our future. Sense to us, as the dots connect forward. Our discouragement or disappointment will be understood in a different light. In a light that reveals we were being “set up”, not “set back”. Set ups that were preparing you and I to fulfill a unique purpose. Set ups to strengthen you and I. Set ups to add one more vibrant thread to our tapestry. Set ups used to guide and direct the course of our lives. Set ups to create good in our lives.
As set ups used to connect the dots of our experience for our good. As set ups to give you and I a good future.
“You can’t connect the dots looking forward you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something: your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever. Because believing that the dots will connect down the road will give you the confidence to follow your heart, even when it leads you off the well-worn path.” Steve Jobs
“Trust the process, trust God and trust Yourself. More will be revealed to you and to me in time. The pieces of the puzzle that make up our lives will come together at the right time. The pieces of the puzzle that make up our lives will come together in the right order. The dots will connect forward for you and for me. Keep learning from your circumstances and your adversity. And don’t give up. Good is in our future that is being created in our now.” Craig J. Phillips MRC, BA
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