“Life guarantees a chance – not a fair shake.” ~ Bernie Y.
Life is not fair. Most of us know that, but few of us accept it. Something in us often clings to the idea that, ultimately, the gifts will all be evenly divided. Mostly we want to be paid back for the injustices of the past. Many of us adult children expect – no, demand – redress from fate. We think life should “make it up” to us somehow. That’s why it’s so hard for us to go on discovering again and again, what we already know: Life is not fair.
The good job that should have been ours, the accident that crippled a loved one, unwanted childlessness – these things are not fair. But life is like soil, not like seed. The chance of a harvest is there, but only if we plant the seed. And even then we may not get the harvest we expected or wished for – not on our own timetable. It is an act of faith, and of great courage, to keep on sowing seeds when we don’t know what we’re going to get. But it’s the only chance we have. We need to stop expecting the soil to provide the seed.
Today, I will be grateful to be alive. This day offers a chance for a fuller life, and I will accept what comes of my efforts.
~ Days of Healing, Days of Joy ~ May 2; Hazelden Meditation Series