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Life is 10% what happens to you, 90% how you respond to it

L • I • F • E.

“Why is this happening to me?”— a question we’ve all asked ourselves at least once when faced with something we can't understand. Why do we meet certain people we do? Why do we go through certain things we do?

You know those amazing 600 piece puzzle sets that display beautiful images on the cover of the box? Well LIFE {as I once heard compared to & has stuck with me ever since} is said to be like one of those big puzzles. When you first look at that final image, you immediately see a beautiful picture. Yet... if you isolate a puzzle piece, you’d immediately think the piece looked odd & couldn’t possibly fit in anywhere. But as we know how puzzles work, each piece has a perfect place— designed to fit with all the other odd shaped pieces to form that beautiful final picture.

It's the same thing with life. Sometimes we look at the pieces in our lives and don’t understand how they fit in— we can’t see that final picture. But haven’t you ever later on looked back at those questionable pieces & seen why they were meant to be placed where they were?.

Difficulties are unfortunately part of life. But the key is what we end up doing & how we end up reacting when dealt with these difficult pieces. It's easy to just give up... but that's just wasting your pain & the piece that you’ve been dealt with. Instead, if you believe & have faith that every piece in your life, even the most painful ones, have a purpose— then you can have the strength to use that pain to help you grow.

For this Monday #inspilaine, I encourage you to not get caught up in trying to figure out WHY difficult pieces fit in your life puzzle, but instead, use that energy to keep moving forward. When going through something negative that you can’t understand, instead of asking, "Why did this happen?", start saying, “I may not understand it, but I know there's a purpose.” Have faith that whatever you’re going through will NO MATTER WHAT take you somewhere greater. From your pain, you will birth a gain—it’s just a matter of how you respond to it.