"Everything Is Helping You": Advice from Trevor Noah

I heard an interview with Daily Show host Trevor Noah in which he shared the best advice he’d ever received. Do you agree? I explore that advice in the video below:

Here's a direct link to the video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qzdees8mf_E

Side note for Harry Potter fans: I recorded the above video last week, and since then have finished listening to the audiobook of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. I've read the book and seen the movie(s) several times, but this time I couldn't stop thinking about the Room of Requirement in light of Trevor Noah's advice. You will remember that the Room of Requirement is the place in Hogwarts that transforms into whatever the person needs at that moment, whether a meeting place, a practice room for casting spells, a storage closet, or a place to hide. It's a morally neutral space--some nefarious characters use the room for their own dark ends, as do some honorable ones for valiant reasons. The point is, everything in it is "helping" those who visit it.

I'm intrigued to consider what it would be like to see life around me as a sort of macro Room of Requirement. I don't want to push this idea too far--there's plenty of stuff that happens to us that is simply too traumatic to make immediate use out of. There is some suffering too great to be worth whatever life lessons we may valiantly derive from it. Still, I can't quite let the image go... the idea that what I need is here. What I do with those things is up to me--I can use my experiences and resources for good or for ill. But here they all are--the raw materials I need for the living of my days.

It's a challenging thought, yet a comforting one for me to play with right now.

I'd love to hear what you think.


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