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Everything is a Lesson

einsteinEverything is a Lesson

A Personal Growth Piece by Jake Grossman

“There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though

everything is a miracle.”

-Albert Einstein

There are certain things in life that we have control over, certain things we have no control over,

and a spectrum of things in between. A lot of the emotional and spiritual turmoil we feel throughout

our lives revolves around the idea of control. Often times we wish we had control over things like

the environment, our bodies, and the opinions and emotions of others. For example: “I wish I could

convince my boyfriend to stop drinking.” Other times, we feel overwhelmed by the amount of control

we do have: “I just don’t know if I should be a psychology major or a biology major!” These problems

can be extremely overwhelming and cause a lot of stress… but they don’t have to.

The quote I included at the beginning of this article is, in my opinion, one of the most profound

and useful messages of our time: either everything is significant, or nothing is. Through that lens,

everything in our lives takes on a profound meaning. If you are dealing with a struggle that is beyond

your control, like being laid off from your job, you can view that struggle in one of two ways: either as

a pointless and cruel occurrence, or as a lesson to be learned on the path to where you are truly meant

to be. While neither mindset will change your immediate circumstances, the second one will lead to a

much more positive and healthy psyche, which in turn sets you up for much greater success.

The idea that a higher power (god, fate, the universe, etc.) has a plan for all of us is a very

common yet controversial one. This concept has been prevalent in all of the major societies and cultures

throughout the world, including our own, yet in our modern scientific society, many people don’t want

to believe in something that they cannot see or measure. I am not trying to convince anyone to believe

in any of those things, because that is none of my business. However, I do feel that many of us have lost

the sense of significance in our lives. If you feel lost, confused, our out of control in your life, a good first

step could be to try and find the meaning in your struggle. The beautiful thing about finding meaning is

that it always turns a negative into a positive. It is a present and future focused mindset that learns from

the past in order to let it go. That is something that everyone, no matter what they believe, can benefit

from.

Through my own struggles, I have learned that the only thing I truly control is myself. I used to

drive myself crazy trying to change things outside myself, like the behaviors or opinions of others, or the

violence happening throughout the world. That path brought me nothing but emotional suffering and

drove people away. Through new perspectives like meditation and life coaching, I have learned that if I

want to change something, I must first make that change in myself. The best way to change your friends,

family, community, or the world is to lead by example. As Gandhi said: “be the change you want to see

in the world.” Not only has this tactic proved more effective at making the positive changes I want to

see, it has led to a much happier and less stressed me. I hope this insight can help do the same for you.

Wishing you all the peace, success, love, happiness, and balance in the universe.

-Jake

Hi! I'm Laura. I am a Certified hypnotherapist and Transformational Life Coach. My goal is to empower my clients to live a life filled with purpose and joy. No settling, so dig in and enjoy the process!

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