Here's what popped into my head.
Wouldn't it be cool if, when one person did crunches, all people got washboard abs? That would be amazing. We could have one person working out and we would all look great. Or we could assign everyone a tiny bit. Like, some groups do one pushup a day, and some to one crunch, and some lift a ten pound weight one time. Bam, we're all Arnold.
It doesn't work that way, though. Physical bodies are, in fact, designed to hold spirit in a container that allows it to exist independently, in order to filter more and more experience back to the Whole.
But here's the good news. It does work that way for our spirits, because our spirits are One. Take away our bodies, and we are one giant being made up of uncountable smaller ones. Each body holds a small part of that larger Whole. And when one small part of the whole gets a workout, the entirety of All That Is, gets the benefits.
Each challenge we face in life is an opportunity for growth. A workout for our spirit. As we face the obstacle, we learn how to cope, how to hope, how to triumph, how to win, how to be calm in the face of adversity, how to heal and find joy again after heartbreak, how to never give up, how to accept what we cannot change and still find peace, how to live in grace during times of hardship. We learn all of these and so many more things every time we hit a little bump or a major chasm in life.
And when we do, and when we return, all of that experience and wisdom is disseminated into the Whole of Creation. The Great Spiritual Whole, what some call God and/or Goddess, benefits from what we've learned. The next generation of little bits of spirit born into physical bodies, start their mortal lives from a more expanded, enlightened place, and then they move forward to expand the Whole still more with their own lifetime of experiences.
And even better news, it works the same way with the blissfully delicious experiences in our lives. Every bit of joy, love, laughter, gratitude, happiness, gets shared with the Whole. Every kiss, hug, compliment, praise, and deepened understanding, feed every other part of creation.
Knowing this will help me next time I face an obstacle. If I think, okay, this is my task, to figure out the best possible way to handle this, and add that to my repertoire of experience so I can share it with the Whole when I return. I'll feel like a hero to future generations.
Hey, at the very least, it can't hurt.