Have you seen the animated movie Inside Out? It's this incredible story that shares the power of feeling all of your emotions—the joy, sadness, fear, anger and disgust. I recently heard a profile on NPR about one of the cowriters of the film, Meg LeFauve. In the interview Meg shared something that I can't get out of my mind. She said, "I think that life always knows what it's doing."
I don't know about you, but my life certainly hasn't followed the path I imagined for myself when I was fourteen. I have experienced professional challenges and relationship challenges; parenting struggles and spiritual struggles. But the detours and roadblocks and wrong turns all taught me a lot about who I was and who I could be, if I (like Riley from Inside Out) was honest with myself and my feelings.
I think it's important for us to take time to pause and to dwell on the steps along our journey, to remember the good, the bad and the ugly, and to feel what it makes us feel. Only then will we have the chance to be whole, healthy people. People who can trust that life knows what it's doing, and people who can love, and be loved, in spite of it all.