The next rule in The Rules for being Human
Rule No.2 You will learn lessons. You are enrolled in a full time informal school called life. Each day, you will be presented with opportunities to learn what you need to know. The lessons presented are often completely different from those you “think” you need.
Oh My Goodness! How true is this? Life is surely our greatest teacher. Some call it the School of Life or the University of Hard Knocks. Speaking from personal experience and my observations of my fellow humans and life, I am going to say that we all have a plan for how we think our lives should pan out but that plan gets severely hijacked and we have to deal with situations which we had thought, even in our wildest dreams, would never be on our plate. Those lessons are for our understanding and enlightenment and I am 100% convinced that we get the lessons we need and are saved from the lessons we think we need for our own good.
I have always loved the Chinese proverb that says that if a group of people stood around in a circle and each person told their story and described the struggles of their lives and then bundled them up and put them in the centre of the circle, by the time you had listened to the struggles of everyone else, you would be more than happy to take back your own bundle. This is because our struggles are our lessons and just as I cannot learn your lesson for you, neither can you learn my lesson. Our lessons are our blessing and God knows we all need to grow in different areas. Life provides the classroom.
Today may you be alert to your opportunities to learn and grow in this way leads onto way life.