Sometimes The Universe Sends Us What We Need, Not What We Want

Sometimes we think we want things to turn out a certain way. We will hope and pray for something specific. We might take action towards certain goals. We might try to control situations that are beyond our control. But sometimes, the most healing and enlightening thing to do is to allow the universe to send us what we need rather than what we think it is we want.

An example in my own life has been several partners and jobs that came to me when perhaps I wanted something better, shinier, or more permanent for myself. Sometimes we just have to let things play out due to karma we might have accumulated from the past that keeps us stuck in seemingly stagnant situations. When we allow the karma to play out, it can actually be very healing and good for our souls.

In Western society, we tend to see things much more rationally and linearly—we think that taking action towards our goals is always the best way to create what we want in life. Oftentimes when we do this, we get to a certain destination, and instead of being happy where we are, we continue to want more and better for ourselves.

In my own experience, it can be much more eye-opening, joyful, and healing to just let things come to us, even if it’s not exactly what we thought we wanted or went looking for. The job I currently have is not one I normally would have sought out. It was as if the universe guided me there for a reason. As I sit with the experience of it, it has evoked memories from my past that allow me to understand myself and humanity on a deeper level than I would have if I had taken a different position that I might have thought would be better for me. I’ve created beautiful new relationships with people that I never would have expected to and never would have met otherwise. Plus, I’m getting paid for it.

We need to be happy with what we have in order to move forward on our journey. It might not look perfect on the paper version of the life you dreamed of, but perhaps it is exactly what you needed.

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