No snowflake ever falls in the wrong place. Zen Proverb

There is a story of a poisonous tree proposing the question of what to do about it. You could stay away from it and lose the experience of that part of your yard. You could attempt to prune it to control it. You could build a fence around it to keep everything at a safe distance from it. You could cut it down and totally eliminate it. Or you could appreciate it, allowing it to reveal its secrets perhaps discovering its many medicinal blessings and cures while enjoying the gifts of its shade on a hot summer day.

When there is a toxic situation in your life, stop ingesting the poison, but don’t just eliminate it without having it reveal its gifts. You didn’t come across this circumstance (or tree) for no good reason. You are never in the wrong place at the wrong time. If something has brought you to your knees, pray to understand what the message is, because if you don’t, you will continue to suffer, never knowing the remedy the tree, the situation is offering. Rather than clear-cutting the forest and leaving a desolate and barren landscape, recognize the value of adversity. Be patient in your discovery and revelations as life reveals its secrets.

Spiritual Contemplation: What situation in your life would you prefer to have just disappear, rather than love it enough to have it reveal its gifts to you?

Affirmation: I am patient in my understanding of life’s revealing!