Honour Your Experiences

Sometimes life brings experiences that don’t make sense. We know, deep down, that all of us deserve to be loved. So, why do horrible things happen?

All of life’s experiences happen for a reason—to help us become who we are. Our soul evolves through our experiences, even though some of those experiences are difficult at the time.

The movie Slumdog Millionaire is the story of Jamal, an Indian boy raised in the slums of Mumbai, India. He goes on the TV game show Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? and wins 20 million rupees by answering all the questions correctly. The show’s host doesn’t believe that a kid who grew up in a slum could have had the experience to answer the questions he knew. “How could he possibly educate himself living in a slum to answer the questions only a literate man can answer?” he asks. The host suspects him of cheating.

The host has Jamal arrested and, under torture, the police demand to know how he knew the answers when he had never been to school. Jamal tells his story of survival and of the horrifying events that taught him the answers. He learned the answers while learning to survive on the streets. It almost seems as though he was being prepared all along for the day he would win 20 million rupees.

I find that life can be like that for many of us. When we begin life’s journey, we have no idea what life will hand us. When the journey is tough, we often fail to credit ourselves for what we had to overcome to survive. The hardest lessons are sometimes the ones we need the most in order to succeed. And the lessons we feel the most ashamed of are the ones with the most gifts.

We don’t always need to go through school to learn the lessons that will help us succeed in life. Sometimes our life’s path is born out of learning to survive. We should not discount those experiences just because they were not learned in an academic setting.

Imagine that you were aware that everything you had been through in life was intended to help you become who you are. Imagine that you were being prepared to live an extraordinary life. What would you do with your experiences? Who would you serve?

I encourage you to look at your life experiences as preparation for something bigger and new. I’m not just talking about the easy experiences, I’m talking about the hard ones too. Find the gift in the darkness. Trust that those experiences were preparing you to be where you are today.

No matter how insignificant we may think our lives have been, whether traumatic or effortless, we cannot ignore the importance of all the experiences we have been through and how they have prepared us for the lives we were meant to live. Sometimes we can learn more from pain than we can from comfort. Much of the world’s greatest work has been done by people who were forced to overcome adversity. What if those people were being prepared to help others who had difficult lives? A person who has been abandoned will understand the pain of another who has also been abandoned, and will have the ability to make a difference in that other person’s life.

I encourage you to make a list of all the experiences in your life that you found difficult. Look for the gift in those experiences so that you, too, can shine your light and share yourself with the world.


Zahra is a Professional Coach and Abundance Expert. She works with female creative entrepreneurs to help them market their businesses by taking internally inspired actions. Zahra helps women connect with their inner abundance to create outer results. Zahra believes that women, through their feminine essence, can be truly successful in life and business. Using the principles of Law of Attraction, Zahra teaches women how to get in touch with their passionate inner feminine wisdom and create effortlessly abundant lives. To watch Zahra speak about 'the power of gratitude,' visit To book a complimentary coaching session give Zahra a call at 604.582.7759 or visit our web at

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