You may be thinking, "I've had a miserable life (or miserable marriage, or miserable childhood, etc.,). How am I to believe the universe has my best interests in mind?"
We don't know the universe's plan for us. We also don't know what our agreement was, or what it was that we wanted to accomplish, or learn, when our soul came into this lifetime. What I do know is, we will touch, and be touched by, many souls over our lifetime. The meetings may be short, and last only a minute or two, or they may last a lot longer -- an entire childhood, or a lengthy marriage. Some that we meet, we will have something to learn from. Some that we meet, the universe has something for them to learn. Unknowingly, we have the answer and we will be their teacher.
Still with others, the lesson doesn't come right away. We may look back years later and reflect and, suddenly we realize what it was that we learned. If the lesson came through anger or hurt, we can also recognize that, embrace it, knowing it doesn't own us, and then we can let it go. Greater awareness can come from great lessons, even painful ones. We all have to take responsibility for our life, own it, be aware of it and how that life is used or wasted.
We can't know which role we are to carry out, teacher or student, or when -- only that we will be both. We may never find out in this lifetime who we helped, but that, too, is okay. We can't know why a soul chose to come down here. Here's a profound thought: what if that soul came here to learn the one thing we can teach or help them to realize? We are all one with the universe. The energy and love we are flows in and out and through us -- the eternity sign.
It is what it is ... everything is exactly as it should be.