Erik has had a few disappointments this week. He put himself out there to be voted for a couple of positions of responsibility in class and didn't get enough votes. He came close on one occasion, only two votes between him and the other kid, but two votes was enough. As well as this, we agreed for him to go into the draw to go to a Government funded 9 day camp. There were 22 children in the ballot, but only 12 places, and Erik didn't get a place. He was very disappointed and Dave and I tried to explain to him that everything happens for a reason, even if we can't see what the reason is at the time.
I tend not to see the world, or life, or the Universe as random. I believe there is rhyme and reason to everything that happens and good can be found in every situation. Everything can be turned to good.
This morning Dave is continuing to sort through the study - I could do the job about 10 million times faster, but it's his stuff for the most part so I have to sit back and try to be patient. In going through the filing cabinet contents he pulled out earlier in the week, he had found the instructions manual to an old Nokia mobile that used to be mine. I had replaced it for some reason - I think I'd left it in a taxi and had it returned several days later but in the meantime had bought a new phone. I had put the phone in the filing cabinet as well, and elsewhere in the cabinet we also found the charger cable. I said to Dave that all we needed now was a pre-paid card and then one of the children could use the phone one day, or it could be a spare in case Dave's phone was lost or died.
This morning Dave also came across a pre-paid sim card pack that was unopened! I remember now that I had bought Dave a new prepaid phone years ago, and it came with a sim card pack, but at the time the old sim card was working just fine, so we put the new pack aside. It had seemed like a waste of money paying for the new sim card pack as well as the new phone at the time (they were bundled), but now it means we have a ready-to-go phone in the house should we need it!
It's many, many little serendipitous moments like this that remind me life isn't random. We all part of a big balancing act that keep everything going. Sometimes things happen that seem hard, or bad, or incredibly unfair at the time, but later, with some hindsight we can see that without those challenging situations, we would miss out on the blessings that come along to balance them out...