A Mystery


Life works its magic underground. All the trials, all the pain, all the misery; the fights, and the tribulations happen for a reason. Perhaps. It is possible. Of course, we can’t be sure of it. We can’t be sure of anything.

Still, it looks like something, or someone, deals us a hand. We have no choice but to play. If we refuse to play, we refuse to live. What we do comes back to us in some shape or form. That can invoke gratefulness, or it can be disastrous.  If that happens, we have only one choice. Make the best of it. This is the only way to change a disaster into something less painful. If things go well, we can be grateful, but sometimes we don’t see the good that happened for what it is. It is up to us to figure out what’s what. At the end of the day, if we go the distance, there will be something to be grateful for. Maybe not what we hoped for or dreamed of. It could be something better, and that could make us grateful every step of the way. It should.

Strange though. A small kid has certain dreams. This kid works towards a goal, and it turns out that that goal was nothing but a mirage. The child becomes a woman, or a man, and travels through all the difficulties, always aiming for the same goal, never noticing what transformations take place.

We may learn that a goal can’t be reached, but that it pushed us to do better. Whatever happens, encompasses our experience. We may see unexpected results and be pleasantly surprised.

Life often hands us something that didn’t fulfil our dreams. What life sends our way is much more than the sum of a childhood dream. The adult might look back and wonder how it all came to pass.

Why was the road serpentine? Was there no direct route?

Maybe there was, but a scenic route is interesting – and it is beautiful. It may look terrifying and harsh, but every bend on the path gives a new viewpoint and teaches a new lesson. Isn’t that better than a straight and uneventful highway? Is it even necessary to ask? A wealth of experience gives every person a chance to understand the works of the world. That is a gift. More than that, it’s a blessing.


© HMH, 2022







4 responses to “A Mystery”

  1. Debi Ennis Binder avatar

    Hi Hanne,
    Very thought-provoking, especially “Whatever happens, encompasses our experience. We may see unexpected results and be pleasantly surprised.” That meant a lot to me, a product of a totally screwed up childhood. You can’t tell anything by the person you see.

    1. Hanne H avatar
      Hanne H

      Hi Debbie, you’re right about that.
      Thank you for your kind words about my scribbles.
      It is surprising, how many people experience a troubled childhood. Maybe it heightens those children’s perceptions and sparks their creativity.

      1. Debi Ennis Binder avatar

        Hanne, in my case I used imagination to escape, and never left that behind.

        1. Hanne H avatar
          Hanne H

          Well done, Debi. I admire you for that.

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