Are you one of those people who believes that everything happens for a reason? The good, the bad, the ugly?
I am. I'm not sure why--I think it's just an innate desire to feel that everything (good, bad, ugly) has a reason. That there may be pain (temporarily) but that the greater universe will sort everything out.
For example, I know writers who had series dropped (ugly, very ugly) then picked themselves up, dusted themselves off, and wrote new books that made bestseller lists. So maybe that initial bad thing was a good thing in disguise?
Another example is a friend who lost her job (very, very ugly) only to find a new job she loves even more.
Then, sometimes, when something ugly happens a life lesson is learned. Once burned, twice shy and all that. So again, a life lesson is a good thing, right?
2010 has been a mix of good, bad, and ugly--for a lot of us. I know I'm looking forward to 2011 being all about the good (I can hope, right?). But even if it's not, I'm going to cling stubbornly to the notion that whatever is happening is happening for a reason...