Here is a wisdom statement from the Buddhist tradition: “Every experience, no matter how bad it seems, holds within it a blessing of some kind. The goal is to find it.” We saw examples of this on 9-11 when an employee might have been too sick to go to work in the World Trade Center and was blessed to miss that terrible event. Other hidden blessings might be: learning a painful truth about ourselves during an unhappy experience and being motivated to improve; appreciating someone for the first time who stood by us; or being forced to develop new skills. When thinking about bad experiences, it is easy to blame others, to polish up excuses, to feel sorry for oneself or to be angry. How much better to find the hidden blessing within it. Ask yourself: Have I learned something new? Are there things I need to do differently? In what way am I stronger now?
by Mary Jackle, OSB