“Life doesn’t happen to you, it happens for you.”

 In Articles, Get Involved, Happiness

Hi, my name is Johanna and I’m privileged enough to call one of the awesome founders of Thrive my friend. I’m grateful the universe brought our worlds together.

Happiness is such a beautiful human experience, who wouldn’t want more of it? Can you think of times when you’re oozing happiness, perhaps when you were in love? Ever noticed when you’re in love everything is wonderful, glorious! The world continues on its merry way while you live in your delirious happy bubble of love and cuddles.

What happens when you aren’t in this glorious state and the world delivers a blow, and then another, and another? Does it affect you differently? We don’t enjoy pain, but sometimes we bring it in bucket loads to ourselves…with the thoughts we have.

Think about events in your past, at the time you thought you couldn’t get through it. There was so much pain, uncertainty and fear. But when you look back you can see that that event set you on a path to the next chapter, and that chapter had its own beauty and happiness. Perhaps you made a new dear friend, met a new love, started a new amazing career,, went on an amazing adventure that shaped you into the person you are today.

When you are in the midst of uncertainty, asking ‘why me’ will not empower you. You will look for reasons as to why this is not fair, filling you with venom. This doesn’t reverse the event, it simply brings you more pain. Now, asking where’s this going to take me? You look at everything differently. The people you meet, you start to see how they will be pivotal in shaping your experience as a person. You may notice an opportunity around you for the next stage of your career, or later on see that you are in a better position to help others as a result of your experience.

The freedom that comes from sitting in the middle of what feels like a cyclone, in a state of complete faith and positive anticipation, its one of the most empowering and exciting places. Knowing, in your gut, that this is all meant to be, even though it may not make sense right now, you know it all will very soon. Because it always has, just think about it.

The universe delivers people into your life who you later see are angels and events that we later see are blessings in disguise. We don’t need to understand it, but to see the beauty in the divinity that the universe brings to us gives incredible happiness. I’m not suggesting to sit back and do nothing, but rather surrender to it, work in the direction life is leading you instead of fighting against it. Feel the joy and happiness from the feeling you are progressing vs fighting.


“If you watch how nature deals with adversity, continually renewing itself, you can’t help but learn.” – Bernie Siegel

Written by Johanna Plowman.

Editors Note: For more inspiration through some amazing sunrise pics, check out Johanna’s Morning Glory Sunrise Facebook page.   If you’d like to contribute an article too we would love to hear from you.

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