Article Title: Everything Happens for a Reason ... (Or Does It?)

Author Name: Craig Lock
Key Words: Spirituality, Philosophy, Faith, Hope, Meaning of Life, Thoughts on Life and the Meaning of It
Web Sites: www.creativekiwis.com/index.php/books/74-craigs-books http://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/craiglock + www.lulu.com/craiglock

The submitter's blog (with extracts from his various writings: articles, books and new manuscripts) is at http://en.search.wordpress.com/?q=%22craig+lock%22 and http://craiglock.wordpress.com

Other Articles by Craig are available at: http://www.selfgrowth.com/articles/user/15565 and http://www.ideamarketers.com/library/profile.cfm?writerid=981
(Personal growth, self help, writing, internet marketing, spiritual, 'spiritual writings' (how 'airey-fairey'), words of inspiration and money management, how boring now, craig

Publishing Guidelines:
Sharing some writings and thoughts, which (like all my articles) may be freely published, electronically or in print. Enjoy ...
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Everything Happen for a Reason...(or Does it?)

This article is very different to my other ones. It's serious, "philosophical" and "spiritual"...and personal. However, I thought I'd share "publically" - if it can help, encourage and hopefully even "inspire" others (especially in these "tough times", then I'm very happy.
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EVERYTHING HAPPENS FOR A REASON (OR DOES IT?)... and

OUR GREATEST SONG IS STILL UNSUNG (PART ONE OF THREE)

I truly believe that, no matter how bad or traumatic an event appeared at the time, absolutely everything happens for a reason - to teach us lessons as we grow in the 'scholarly journey' of life... and that this only means that something much bigger and better, something way more beautiful is waiting for you - somewhere, somehow!

God can weave a beautiful tapestry from even the most tangled thread of a shattered life. It's just a matter of " hanging in by the fingernails" with the hidden strength of character, that we all have deep within us...and which is only severely tested in trials and tribulations. Like the 'pearl of great' price, which is produced by the intense irritation of the oyster. This suffering breeds our great strength of character, which is within every one of us.

Hard times strengthen our courage and our faith, even if we can't see it at the time through our severe pain. The important thing to remember is that we are MOVING, even when we appear to be "stuck deep in the mire of the smelly brown stuff."

Sometimes our steps seem to be painfully slow, as I experienced for a LONG time in my personal journey, yet I never gave up. Faith kept me going all those long hard years in the wilderness. Now I can look back and see everything, all the events, traumatic and happy in my life, that have happened to me, seem to have prepared me for this unique path, that I'm on. They (+ my life choices made) have "paved the way" for me to be where I am now in my life journey and they will "determine my destiny" in the days ahead.

It's not what happens to us in life...it's how we react to what has happened to us (the "10/90 rule")...and our success will largely depend on our ATTITUDE to life: through trusting our instincts, (our intuition, which, I believe, is the way we connect with God, a Being Far Greater than ourselves (and this connection to the SPIRITUAL is made through the subconscious mind, which operates like a receiving and transmission set). Like radio waves.

Enough of my "spiritual theories"...

Just BELIEVE that this too shall pass.

The night is always blackest before the dawn...
and is your Greatest Song still Unsung??

Craig Lock ("Information and Inspiration Distributer, Incorrigible Encourager and People-builder")

"In the midst of darkness, a glimmer of light exists... always."

"Life is about finding, then following the dream... and one's dream/vision comes to reality through believing in yourself, making the commitment and then creating it."

"When you can see no light at the end of the tunnel, light your own candle and let your light illuminate the world, like the radiance from a window at midnight."
- craig

Uplifting, encouraging and empowering people through the power of words and thought energy. Change YOUR world and you help change THE world....for the better"

THIS ARTICLE MAY BE FREELY PUBLISHED.

LET GO, LET GOD, LET GOOD

Author's Bio: 

About the author:
Craig is a writer, who believes in (and loves) encouraging and helping others to strive for and accomplish their dreams. He truly believes people can overcome obstacles, rise to any occasion, and accomplish their entire dream with enough faith.

The various books that Craig "felt inspired to write" are available at http://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/craiglock www.creativekiwis.com/index.php/books/74-craigs-books www.lulu.com/craiglock and www.craigsbooks.wordpress.com

The submitter's blog (with extracts from his various writings: articles, books and new manuscripts) is at http://en.search.wordpress.com/?q=%22craig+lock%22 and http://craiglock.wordpress.com

Hard-copies and e-books, fiction and nonfiction: self help, novels, travel, humour, writing, inspiration and money management

Uplifting, encouraging and empowering people through the power of words and thought energy. Change YOUR world and you help change THE world....for the better"