Can life be understood


Much of what we experience in life can often not yet be fully grasped in terms of its significance for our fate. Some things only become clear to us in retrospect and illuminate the actual dimension. These could have been encounters with special people who gave us completely new impulses and impressed us so deeply that they actually did something to us in a row that would not have happened without them. Or maybe we had decisive experiences which, in retrospect, only gave us a real understanding of our own life plan. This could have been bad luck or danger, but also luck or a career leap upwards.

Whatever we experience also shapes us in a certain way. In the presence of this experience, however, we usually do not really notice how much it shapes us. It usually takes the time factor to become clear about this. When we then do the famous retrospect in old age, we are not infrequently amazed at how good sometimes led to bad or how something very unpleasant turned the first step on the step ladder into the very best that could only happen to us. Life does not go straight and, even in its twists and turns, can only be planned for all people up to a certain point.

The unplanned, what we encounter is precisely the moment of tension that characterizes human life in a special way. To be able to react adequately to the spontaneous, unexpected and sudden needs a good deal of clarity of mind and sobriety. Sometimes, however, life also demands from us wit, humor, inner greatness or generous action in order to cope well with a task set by fate.

It is a mistake to believe that we alone set our tasks in life and choose them alone. If that were the case, we would neither experience accidents nor all the strange situations that put us in trouble, shock or even excitement. One might like to plan the positive - but the negative and difficult still happen for one reason: We are learners on this earth, we are challenged as such and have to use our talents for it.

How to live life

Unfortunately it is the case that most people often only gradually become aware of the mysterious connections in their own lives. Some clandestine events may and may never really reveal themselves. How often do you think: "Oh, I would have guessed that! If only I had known that earlier! ... Then I would have acted differently ”. Søren Kierkegaard describes this state of affairs with the remark that you have to live life forwards, even if you only understand it backwards.

In this circumstance, to which we are all subject, not only are error, anger, effort and injustice hidden, but above all there are great opportunities to develop from them. What helps us to have a stable personality more than tasks that push us to our own limits. If we always knew in advance what will be in store for us in the future, it would be far too great a burden for many people, which could make them tired or despondent in advance.

It is good that we do not know but can continue to trust that we are all generally given enough strength to solve pending problems. However, they are not available for free. Most of us often have to do a lot or a lot for it. You have to exert yourself and overcome it in order to achieve this or that personal goal.

There seems to be a wonderful cosmopolitan wisdom behind it that, despite many setbacks in life, we do not lose courage, but rather pull ourselves out of the swamp of life again and again in our human Munchausen mentality. Also to recognize that life is by no means just a swamp, but also a wonderful paradise to be found around there, which however wants to be conquered again and again by all of us.

The wise will not only look back at life in old age, however, but will start with the interim balance at an early stage. You have an advantage because a lot of things that are astonishing and want to be noticed are available to reason earlier, which can then grow with this valuable pound.