I’ve had a few Twilight Zone moments lately. What doesn’t make sense to me is met by others with “YES!”, the slow clap, and also what I’m sure is an applause track.

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Someone’s like, “The sky is made of everything bagels!”

And everyone’s like, “Totally!”

I’m like, “Are you serious?”

The universe plays the Twilight Zone game, too. Especially in threes. My mom pointed out the Rule of Threes to me early on. (She’s also persuaded me to believe we have ESP, so take this as you will.) The Rule of Threes says that everything – good and bad – happens in sets of three.

Take my recent bus trip from Indianapolis to Chicago.

  1. The bus picked up 20 minutes late.
  2. I paid extra for a seat with the best view (of wind turbines, wintery dead corn fields, etc.) but stared at a frosted window the whole drive.
  3. The bathroom was out of order, so we made three rest stops on a 3.5-hour drive, something that does not fly on any road trip with my husband.

The universe: “Heyoooo! All of this is definitely happening for a reason!”

Me: “??????????”

There are lots of “ah ha!” moments in books by Eckhart Tolle. (A depressed and anxious twenty-something language teacher turned accidental master of Zen and purposeful living.) Almost every sentence holds a lesson. One that sticks with me from A New Earth: Awakening to Your Life’s Purpose is:

“Life will give you whatever experience is most helpful for the evolution of your consciousness. How do you know this is the experience you need? Because this is the experience you are having at the moment.”

I didn’t get the view I paid for, but instead of staring out the window, I read about getting started with meditation – on my to-do list for weeks. The bus arrived in Chicago 40 minutes late, but I probably missed the worst of the winter storm that evening. I can’t find a “need” for the broken toilet. TBD.

At first, most things out of our control can seem puzzling or upsetting. But there’s always a need, a lesson. It’s a challenge to uncover it and also another chance to learn something that helps us do better. I’m still practicing. For example:

Why do I need my cat to be attacking my face right now?

So I have greater appreciation for calm moments like this:

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Even though the universe is usually like, “Cool, nice effort,” I think every lesson is worth learning.

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