Things that we come across exist to further our personal growth in the areas where we need it. Take, for example, my translation work. The kind of translation orders I get almost never seek to engage my creativity and deep knowledge of languages. I already have these qualities in abundance, and there’s no personal growth in doing what you are already great at and feeling good about it.
Instead, I get translation work that targets my weakest spots: attention to detail, meticulousness, and orderliness. I’m creative chaos personified but this work doesn’t reward anybody who is not in love with order and tiny little details.
There is a reason why I ended up doing this kind of work at this stage of my life. I might not know yet what it is but it has to do with becoming more careful and organized.