When you hear the phrase "meant to be," what comes to mind for you?
I had two meaningful conversations today about what's meant to be. One was with a friend. She taught me the Jewish word "bashert," which means "meant to be." It's most typically used in the context of finding a soulmate, but can be used in other contexts as well. She used it to refer to various things in her life falling into place exactly as she believes they're supposed to.
Later today, my daughter turned to me and said something like, "You're the perfect mom and dad for me. I mean, I was meant to be in this family. Everyone, even my cousins, they were all meant for me." Her statement was made with amazing conviction.
I can't speak for my friend, but I, too, believe that some things are bashert. I've had numerous serendipitous experiences that, upon reflection, give me the chills. They are experiences wherein something unique or odd or even normal occurred at first, but then all events thereafter played out like a beautifully choreographed ballet for which I could never take credit. (I'll consider detailing some of these experiences in future blog posts.)
As for my daughter, I've conveyed to her my belief that God GAVE her to me—that she is the perfect daughter for me. I'm sure that's where her statement derived (she is my mini-me, after all). I often communicate my beliefs to her and am proud that she's adopting that belief as well.
Comment (here in the blog or on FB) which number(s) below resonate most with you:
- Everything happens for a reason because everything is pre-ordained (in essence, no freewill).
- Everything happens for a reason because "good" can be made from any "bad" situation (freewill at play, but God or "universe" can intervene/support)?
- Our potential in life and/or our journey is plotted for us, but it's up to us (freewill) to stay on course.
- Neither resonate.
I'd love to know what you believe!
Be open to what comes.