Everything happens for a reason.
What does this sentence mean to you?
For some people, it is usually used in a negative context, when something armful happens, a simple a way of underlining that one’s past actions’ impacts have been echoing through time and space to strike back at this very moment. A karma shortcut, if you will. It is as if, by saying this, one is being told “you had it coming”. I am not sure who wants to hear this when they are rock-bottom. Albeit there might some truth in here.
Personally, I’ve always pictured it as “this situation you are through right now, take it as it is and grow from there – there is a lesson for yourself in here”. I have always been attached to this sense, as it tends to relativise negative situations, putting things into perspective, finding comfort in the ineluctable continuity of time, bringing a first healing lick to an open wound.