“Every relationship is a teaching-learning assignment. Anyone we are destined to meet, we will. We are drawn to each other for teaching and learning, as each of us is presented with the chance to learn the next lesson in the journey of our soul. Every encounter is a holy encounter if we use it to demonstrate love. And every encounter is a setup for possible pain if we’re not open to the opportunity to do that. Anyone we meet we were destined to meet, but what we do with the relationship is entirely up to us.
Sometimes someone is brought into our life to help us learn a lesson we’ve failed to learn before: to be accepting rather than controlling, to be approving instead of critical, or even to turn away from toxic behavior when before we would have made a beeline for it. It’s no accident that certain patterns plague us, year after year, until we finally heal them. There’s no point trying to go to Outer Mongolia to escape your issues; they will find you there because they live inside your head. The people you need will be brought to you; you will subconsciously attract them; there is no escaping the curriculum of the Holy Spirit.”
Marianne Williamson, in “The Gift of Change”
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