Life is a Mystery – The Gift in a Left Field Tragedy

“Life is not a problem to be solved but a great mystery to be lived.”

~Joseph Campbell

This year I’ve had an urge to return to tracking the phases of the moon. Years ago when I was growing medicinal herbs, I use to create biodynamic preps, start seeds, transplant, spray, and harvest crops based on the rhythm of the moon. There is even a planting calendar available for those curious to learn more. Click here for link.

As a result of this urge, I started a new tradition several months ago of pulling 1 animal oracle card for the New Moon and one card for the Full Moon. The New Moon card represents the energy that is coming into my life this month, while the Full Moon card represents shining light on the energy that is holding me back (shadow side that is ready to be seen, acknowledged, and released). I’ve been tracking what transpires each month and I’m finding the 1 card readings to be spot on. This is what I pulled for the April New Moon….

Monday while I was sitting at a local coffee shop having a discussion with my mother and my aunt, another coffee drinker informed us that the Norte Dame cathedral was burning. I was shocked and immediately Googled and watched as the cathedral burned. Watching this devastation reminded me of my own “left field” tragedies.

“Left field” tragedy definition: an unforeseen tragic event – whether the event is a loss of a family member, a betrayal, or an “act of god” fire, flood, tornado, or earthquake.

I’m sure others who watched the Norte Dame videos or saw the pictures were also triggered by memories of their own personal left field tragedy(s). From my own experiences, when a left field tragedy hits, two questions immediately pop into my head….

Why is this happening?
Why is this happening to me?

Let’s face it. When a tragedy hits, we all take it personally. This is human nature. Often times we will never know the full story. And does it really matter? To this day there are a few on my own “left field” tragedies that I can honestly tell you…

I don’t know why!

But what I can tell…with each “left field” tragedy, I wasn’t given a rule book or instructions on how to respond, instead I simply followed my gut. I walked through the motions and took action daily not knowing what the end result would be. There were days when I was angry, when I was scared, when I was stressed out, and when I was exhausted. Some days were easy and some days were train wrecks. I even kept a quote on my refrigerator to remind myself…

“Courage doesn’t always roar. Sometimes courage is the little voice at the end of the day that says I’ll try again tomorrow. ~Mary Anne Radmacher

Over the years, I have shared that quote with others who needed support as they were walking through their own “left field” tragedy. As I reviewed pictures of the post Notre Dame fire, I took a moment and stopped and turned around and looked at my own tragedies with a fresh set of eyes. And instead of seeing the loss, the sadness, and disappointment, I saw the gifts…

The Tragedy/The Gift

(T) Bad leadership in Corporate America / (G) Purchased a run down hardware store/tavern that I now consider home

(T) Partner canceling a liquor license / (G) Stepped into the uncharted territory of living an extraordinary life

(T) Freak “divine act of god” flood / (G) Final “!” for closing the old chapter of my life

(T) Misunderstanding around an old Family farm tree line/boundary fence / (G) Yet To Be Determined

This Easter Weekend, take a moment to stop and turn around and look at your own tragedies with a fresh set of eyes.

What gifts to you see from your own past tragedies?

Have a great Easter Weekend!
P.S. After I completed my blog this AM, I pulled a Full Moon card…go figure!

With Love and Gratitude,

Robin Rosenstiel
I create space for you to listen to your heart and take your next inspired step!



Are you ready to go deeper with your spiritual practice?

Are you ready to start transforming your life?

1. CLICK on the offerings below to check out the details.

2. Select your offering.

3. Schedule your appointment (need a different date/time send me an email)

4. And ABACADABRA…your transformation BEGINS!

Chakra Balancing

Deep Dive – Shamanic Session

Infinite Possibilities

Not sure what you need? Schedule a quick 20 minute/$20 Oracle Card session to discover your story in motion.


Root Chakra Sound Restoration