Sleep is evading me this week.
I have laid (lain?*) awake for 3 nights in a row frustrated that my thoughts have not slowed; my eyes have not become heavy; and I have not drifted into a restful slumber.
My current state of restlessness seems here to stay.
So here I am at 3am rehashing a recent conversation with a friend; in which I tried (in my sleep deprived state) to explain my belief that oftentimes we encounter obstacles in our lives from which we must learn a lesson, otherwise similar challenges will continue to present themselves in the future (again and again.. And again) until the lesson is learnt.
F R O M L E A R N I N G C O M E S G R O W T H
N O N E C A N G R O W W I T H O U T L E A R N I N G
In any case, I have recently identified a recurring pattern in my life;
And based on my aforementioned beliefs, I am quite certain that this is no mere coincidence -
I am supposed to learn something from this experience.
ie. This situation is providing me with the opportunity to grow.
Caught in this cycle, I have realised life is kind of like a high-stakes game of messed-up Monopoly -
You have landed on the Chance Card.
If you roll a 6 -
Advance token to significant Personal Growth;
If you fail to roll a 6 -
Go back 3 spaces; Internalise your life decisions; Pay the bank $200; and Miss a Turn.
Then try again...
Cue internal screaming
"W H A T ' S T H E [insert expletive] L E S S O N ?!"
So... because I am on a roll (pun intended) with the game metaphors;
I can explain this frustration very simply -
(wait.. no, that's not it. haha.. #sorrynotsorry)
L I F E I S A P U Z Z L E
You have never seen a picture of the finished image;
And you can't even be sure that you have all the right pieces.
Which brings me to my final piece of wisdom (at 4am...)
And ironically (because it certainly wasn't intentional)...
this little piece of advice is 100% applicable to the current challenge I have been battling.
And I am sure in the light of day it will make absolute sense to discard the ill-fitting pieces of my puzzle.
(One more analogy just for goodluck...)
Just as there are always a few extra, unnecessary parts in the little bag of nuts, bolts and screws that come with your flatpack IKEA furniture -
Ill-fitting puzzle pieces in real-life add zero support to the overall structure; and are rarely worth hanging on to.
*At this point - Who knows?!