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A Purpose to All

by Carolyn Chilton Casas

To everything turn, turn, turn

There is a season turn, turn, turn

And a time to every purpose under heaven.

                         “To Everything There is a Season” by Peter Seeger

An aerial view of a river with autumnal trees on one side and green trees on the other.
Image credit: Pat Whelen on Unsplash

We forget this—

everything that happens

has a purpose.

Even the scarred past

that we pick at in an effort

to obliterate its existence.                              


We may be criticized

for our fragile choices,

and yet we know on some level

what was necessary

for our evolution.

The luminous stitching

that binds together

calamity and good fortune

to make a much-worn garment,

one that fits us better

than any other

and fulfills our unique destiny.


This, too, is fullness—  

what at first was labeled a failure

but with introspection, we recognize

served us more than we could

ever have imagined.


Black and white photo of the author, Carolyn Chilton Casas.
Carolyn Chilton Casas

Carolyn Chilton Casas is a Reiki master and teacher whose favorite themes to write about are nature, mindfulness, and ways to heal. Her articles and poems have appeared in Braided Way, Energy, Grateful Living, Reiki News Magazine, and in other publications. You can read more of Carolyn’s work on Facebook, on Instagram @mindfulpoet_, and in her collection of poems, Our Shared Breath, as well as a forthcoming collection, Under the Same Sky.

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