Today's inspirational thought from bighappybuddha.com is rather thought provoking:
People get into a heavy-duty sin and guilt trip, feeling that if things are going wrong, that means that they did something bad and they are being punished. That's not the idea at all. The idea of karma is that you continually get the teachings that you need to open your heart. To the degree that you didn't understand in the past how to stop protecting your soft spot, how to stop armoring your heart, you're given this gift of teachings in the form of your life, to give you everything you need to open further.
What if, when something bad happens, we stop looking for ways we went wrong? What if we looked at it as something we needed to learn? In order to have an open heart and to fully exerience the beauty of life and the world around us, we need to learn certain lessons? What if we stopped being so hard on ourselves and remembered we are imperfect beings with things to learn so we can grow into our full potential?
What if we just let ourselves be?