The universe puts other people in my life to rub me the wrong and create friction. It could be a criticism from my wife, a fellow-AA carrying the mess, not the message or the man who cut in front of me in line at the convenience store. It doesn’t matter who or what, only how I react. If this friction causes me to react in some form of anger, fear, or resentment then there is some lesson I need to learn. If I’m not willing to learn, the pain keeps ratcheting up until I become willing. This is what “entirely ready” means to me.

We all get exactly the experiences we need to grow. Some are more pleasant than others, but they are all gifts from God. Grace. Painful experiences are the only way the universe has to help me change and grow so I can find my way back home.