Thank-You for the Experience

22 Jan

Your Presence was Necessary!

There are many times I’ve wondered to myself and aloud what the greater reason is behind some of the challenges and/or experiences I’ve had and actually as I write this I’m thinking that I’ve never wondered why when it’s something easy or delightful only when it’s something that has been difficult.  Although I guess the difference is that I’m not always thankful for the challenging times at the beginning like I am with the blessings.  It takes some time to figure out how to adapt and accept when there are bumps in the road but when I come to that moment of clarity is when I realize the greater purpose behind the newest challenge or difficulty and I can be thankful for the experience because it has brought me to a greater awareness and understanding.

Not everything is easy and I don’t think it’s supposed to be, if it was our lives would be too predictable, and without the challenges we wouldn’t experience the lessons or growth.  We all are here for a purpose, figuring out my purpose was something that I struggled to discover for many years and I believe that until we find our calling we remain wandering and wondering.

I do believe that there is a higher purpose and plan in place and that everyone in our lives plays out their part as if we were all in a big play, we have the scenes where some enter and some leave but all are an integral part in each of our life plans.  That includes everyone that is in our immediate circle of family, friends and those that cross our paths briefly; from a look, a moment, a conversation, an encounter or a relationship, it is all part of the grand design.

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To those that have left my life, I wish you well and I understand that you weren’t meant to stay.  When people leave our life, whether it is our decision or forced upon us, I believe the reason is because their purpose has been served, not just in conjunction with our lives but theirs as well and we are no longer essential to each other’s growth and must move forward onto the next leg of our personal journeys.  For both people involved when we move out of each other’s lives an opening is created for the next person that is destined to come in for the next scene of our life plan.

To those that have come into my life and those that have taken up permanent residence, you’ve brought me more joy and blessings than I could have imagined.  Your continued presence in my life is a sign from the universe that our lives are not just a point of juncture but rather a circle of light, love and learning.  Your impact is continually evolving yet steadfast and true, I look forward to all the new adventures we will share and our future of “keeping it real”.

To All:  Without our shared experience I may not be in the place I am today and regardless of whether or not the experience was easy or difficult I know that I would not change it, nor do I have regret because ultimately it helped me to grow.  The lessons, experience and wisdom I gained from your presence in my life has helped me to develop a greater understanding, perspective and clarity of my direction and focus in life.


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Posted by on January 22, 2013 in Blog


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6 responses to “Thank-You for the Experience

  1. lifepotentials

    January 23, 2013 at 7:35 am

    Wonderful Shelley! You said this so well!

    • shelleyhallmark

      January 23, 2013 at 8:49 pm

      Thank-you Diantha, I appreciate your positive feedback 🙂

  2. Brenda Hicks

    January 24, 2013 at 4:07 am

    Beautifully said, Shelley! Thank you xxx

    • shelleyhallmark

      January 24, 2013 at 9:45 pm

      Thank-You Brenda. Many Blessings to you! 🙂

  3. Shelly

    February 10, 2013 at 6:10 am

    Love! You eloquently wrote those sentiments that I also firmly believe. I do still have to remind myself when in the midst of difficulty to look for the lesson. To step back and with curiosity look without attachment to see where I may need to grow and change. Every person that I’ve met and every experience I’ve had has played a part in who I am. I also try to remember James 1:2 “Dear brothers and sisters, when troubles come your way, consider it an opportunity for great joy.” (NLT)

    • shelleyhallmark

      February 10, 2013 at 9:28 am

      Thank-you! Your response also contains great wisdom and I love the reference to James 1:2. My hope is that everyone finds the opportunity for positive life enhancement when either at the beginning, in the midst or at the end of any experience, there is so much we can learn from others at all times.


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