"Everything happens for a reason."

I came across one of the most amazing stories I've ever heard on the radio from The Moth a few years ago. It was so striking that I remember exactly where I was at the time when I heard it:  parked waiting outside an acting audition of my then boyfriend's in Los Angeles on a bright Sunday with not a cloud in the sky. The story both awed me like something out of the Twilight Zone and brought me to tears which it did again just yesterday when I got the sudden urge to track it down on the internet and re-listen to it.

In the story, Darryl McDaniels of Run-D.M.C. shares a strange and moving story about how he was dealing with depressing and thoughts of suicide at the height of his fame, and how of all odd things Sarah McLachlan's album Surfacing, and particularly the song, "Angel," was this one, saving grace that helped him not completely succumb to the throes of his suffering at the time.

But that's not where the story ends. Not. at. all.

I do believe at times that everything happens for a reason... Give it a listen and see if you might, too.

   "A light painting of angel"   by M0tty (Creative Commons)

"A light painting of angel" by M0tty (Creative Commons)