I am a huge fan of the blog practically efficient, which should surprise no one who knows me. The other day, they had an amazing post that struck me as very well-timed, given my current (well, ongoing) situation.

On the occurrence of bad things

When something bad happens, people usually offer a common consolation: “Things happen for a reason.” I don’t believe that.

I believe that you are the multiplicative product of all of your past experiences. You are your experiences and you are what you do with those experiences. I also believe the most difficult experiences in your past account for your best qualities today.

Things don’t happen for a reason. They happen for you.