Ben Cohen of “Ben & Jerry’s” created a candy using Brazil nuts. He discovered there was a lot of dust left over from the process of grinding the nuts. Instead of throwing the dust away as garbage, he wondered if he could use the dust as a flour to create cookies. His commitment to use everything possible helped him create a new cookie and a new product.
How often do we throw away lives because we see no hope? Specifically, how often are we tempted to throw away our lives because of our failures, addictions, and mistakes? In The Divine scheme of things, there is no such thing as garbage. Whether we realize it or not, our lives have meaning. Our mistakes have value even if only to show us how not to do a thing. But our lives are infinitely more valuable than we can ever imagine, and if we think we are worthless, then we are mistaken.
We may not understand the reasons for where we are, how we got here, and what we must do to get our lives together, but time has a way of bringing things together. No matter the depths of our despair, there are reasons and purposes that work like the flour that forms the foundation of the cookie. Trust that the Universe will waste nothing.
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