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Life is Unpredictable but Filled with Lessons

Stream of Water in the air with the blue sky as background with the words "Life is Unpredictable but Filled with Lessons"

man in a suit and helmet biking toward a surreal forest with red trees with red mushroom cap-like trees

Life is filled with surprises. A few weeks ago, I decided to attempt to look to the ability of music to help guide our way through life, no matter the obstacles or the grand surprises it offered to us. I invited all who read this to join me that day. The invite is open to you, too, as we embark on this webinar series every Wednesday at 8am PST / 11am EST / 4pm GMT / 9.30pm IST until the end of March! Simply click/tap here! Please do consider coming and listen to some outstanding works of art, that challenge, make us reflect, and, more importantly, to act.

In organizing these sessions, I’ve been trying to put the musical renderings each week into a theme.  This week it has been on important lessons we learn from just waking up each day and making our way through the daily cycle. While what we learn about living is deeply personal and differs from person to person, there are some overarching lessons that we all tend to discover along the way. I think it's worth looking at some of these. Probably, one of the most important lessons is taking the time to reflect and to bring balance to our lives. Understanding ourselves, our strengths, weaknesses, values, and motivations is essential for growth and fulfillment. Above all, self-awareness enables us to make more informed decisions to live authentically.

We have to admit that life is full of challenges and setbacks, but how we bounce back from adversity is crucial. Developing resilience allows us to continue to grow stronger and more capable of overcoming future obstacles that we know will continue to come our way.

Where would we be without love and connection? This is an area we can’t take for granted. Recognizing love enriches our lives and brings meaning to our existence. One of the songs we experienced in our session this week was “Wanting Memories.” Just the title implies the importance of nurturing relationships with family, friends, and communities as fundamental to our human experience. 

There is much to say about other issues, such as gratitude and cultivating the meaningful blessing of having people, experiences, the beauty of nature, and an array of opportunities that contribute to our overall well-being and broadening our perspective of how we see differences in our lives. 

There are still other lessons: discovering and affirming our purpose and meaning as we pursue goals that align with our values and aspirations. Embracing acceptance of things we cannot change and learning to let go of what no longer serves us can lead to greater peace of mind and emotional freedom. There is just so much to learn in living life. 

Life is so unpredictable, and being adaptable and open to change is essential for navigating its ups and downs with grace and resilience. Showing respect for others' differences, beliefs, and perspectives promotes harmony, cooperation, and understanding in diverse communities and can contribute to the peace we so desire. It may even lead to the impact we want to leave on the world.

Finally, where would we be if we didn’t consider the role that compassionate action and kindness bring to the plate? All these lessons encompass a broad spectrum of experiences and insights gained from living and can serve as guiding principles for participating in fulfilling a meaningful life.

Our next musical theme will be Global Protest Songs and How They Positively Speak to Us. I hope you will join us!


With warm regards,

Marilyn Turkovich