“If the Creator sends you down a stony path, may He/She give you strong shoes.” This old Irish blessing has changed throughout the centuries but from the Celtic to the Gaelic to the Romans who invaded, they all believed in something greater than mere mortals. They also believed in the obstacles of life having solutions.
As we think about cause and effect, we need to also consider how we, in our actions and by our thoughts, affect both. In the ebb and flow of life, one effect not only affects another, it often leads to it. Cause and effect, a summary of the Beatitudes for which this particular series is based, is the basis for most research. Inquiry, examination, and study is how we learn, discover, and sometimes predict not only the future but also the past. Determining and evaluating is not easy, though. Neither is a true cause and effect relationship, efforts to establish such and to prove such.
Far too often in life we find ourselves feeling the victim, usually of others. We are seldom able to control the actions of even influence the behavior of others. What we can do, however, is change what we do. This can make a difference in our own lives.
Simply put, a cause is why an event happened. The effect is an event that results from said cuase. Sounds pretty simple and straight forward, right? Think again. It is true that examining cause and effect will allow us to identify patterns and explain life events but we must be objective and that is hard to do. We also must consider our own actions. Can they be a cause for our personal misery? Is it possible to be a victim of ourselves? Of course, the answer is yes. We are, many times, our own worst enemy.
One of the greatest lessons for me from the Beatitudes is that the effect of each cause is a lesson. The events in our lives are not a judgement or a life sentence. They are simply one page ot of the book of our lives, a page that serves as a lesson for tomorrow’s living. With hope we can create strength from our experiences to help us navigate whatever rocky roads we might encounter. The story is ours to write as we climb the hills of life