Sometimes, life feels pre-determined, pre-destined even. I do not believe that it is but this past week had me wondering—at least for a while. Nothing in my world was as it appeared. I was stuck in some kind of state.
There was the appointment I missed by arriving too early. I arrived at the time I was told, but that was not the time scheduled for the appointment.
My pot of vegetables—a staple of mine—soured as if it had been in the refrigerator for a week rather than two days.
A quick glance at the calendar revealed the number of days remaining in the month had no working relationship with the amount in my bank account, even if I remained in a meditative state until May 1.
Physically, there were issues beyond my usual lupus symptoms. These my body had kept all to itself. Until now.
Ultimately, of course, each was a moment for me to broaden my perspective, to view life through a different lens. Always, I am reminded of the Buddha’s belief that pain is part of life but suffering is optional.
That was my state of mind when I came across this quote from Rumi–“Live life as if everything is rigged in your favor”—well, why not? It would change the view, if nothing else.
And how else does the tide turn other than with a view change?
A missed appointment freed up some cash as well as time to explore some options I had not considered.
There was no saving the pot of vegetables, of course. I suspect a couple of days really had turned into a week. Some part of my mind knew this for in the crisper I found fresh vegetables.
And then there was a visit with a good friend. Nothing rigs life in your favor quite like that. In the space of a couple of hours, our conversation ranged from Harper Lee to “branding” in social media. We have yet to meet a topic we would not attempt.
Most of our obstacles would melt away if,
instead of cowering before them,
we should make up our minds to walk boldly through them.
Orison Swett Marsden
And while we are walking through them, we may realize life really is rigged in our favor for the view always changes.
Have a good week. Stay open to life’s rigging.