Often the answers are obvious and universal: family, food, and shelter. The desires that unite all humans everywhere in every culture.
But what about the blessings that aren't so obvious? The ones that come upon us as a camouflaged surprise? The ones that we may not recognize as a blessing right away- or even for quite a while. It may take many years until we can look back and really see what a blessing in disguise that it was.
The loss of a job-- only to have been given that opportunity to finally start up the career you've always dreamed of- not just the one you ended up in.
Your alarm not going off-- only to find that you avoided a horrible accident on the way to work.
A terrible break-up-- only to later find the person of your dreams- the one that you really should have been with all along. The one that makes all of the heartaches along the journey completely worth it.
They are everywhere- big and small. Any unpredicted, unplanned happenstance that you just don't know if you have the strength to survive- only to find you end in a much better place as a result.
My best blessing in disguise: My little girl. I already had two wonderful children which fulfilled our home completely. Then one day I found out I was pregnant again. (Still unsure how that happened??) For a planner like myself- I did not know how to handle it. I calculated everything in my life. Now, I found myself having to re-write all of my future plans. It took me many months to accept this.
And then my baby was born- and I suddenly couldn't remember life before her. She is a beautiful butterfly that leaves a trail of happiness everywhere that she goes. She lights up a room and touches hearts. I could not imagine our family without this addition- our little blessing in disguise.
So for this holiday season ahead, I challenge you to try to embrace the hardships- even the little annoyances that we encounter on a daily basis. Try to trust that there is a plan for all of this somewhere. Somewhere, it is really a blessing.
What are some of your blessings in disguise??