Have faith, things will work out; maintain a positive attitude and keep going, because what You need will come to You at the perfect time. This is what I learned.
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Have Faith, Things Will Work Out

Have faith, things will work out; maintain a positive attitude and keep going, because what You need will come to You at the perfect time. This is what I learned.

Have faith, things will work out
"Everything will work out for the best." This is what some wise people I met along my path told me. Not to worry about pretty much anything at all and just have faith, things will work out. I didn't really understand this until I experienced it on my own skin.

For the night between the 6th and the 7th of August 2014 I was supposed to be hosted by someone but things didn't go as planned and it happened that at half past ten in the night I had to leave the house of my potential host.

I was in Hutki, a tiny village located about 15 km south of Czestochowa, in Poland.

All of a sudden I found myself walking on the side of the road, without having food with me nor another place to sleep for the night. I did not have my tent with me either, only my sleeping bag. But I didn't get desperate. Instead, I decided to keep my positive mindset as there have been other times when I found myself in difficult situations during my trips and somehow always everything worked out for the best. I said to myself: "Adriano, have faith, things will work out for the best also this time".

Since it was complete darkness, I put my headlamp on my head and I attached the red beacon to my backpack. I decided to head towards the closest petrol station, located about 4 km from where I was, to eventually try to sleep there. After about twenty minutes that I was walking on the side of the road, a car stopped and the driver asked me if I was in need of help. I told him where I wanted to go and he offered to take me there.

While I was in his car I became curious to know what made him stop when he saw me, so I asked him. He said that it was mostly because of my lights, the white one on my head and the red one on my backpack, and that when he saw also my mattress attached to my backpack he realized I must have been a hitchhiker, and because he also hitchhiked sometimes, he understood my situation.

(If I had no lights, he wouldn't have noticed me in the complete darkness of the night, and would have been also very dangerous for me to walk on the side of the road. Including lights among the things to bring while hitchhiking and backpacking is of fundamental importance - many times they won't be used, but sometimes they will make a huge difference.)

On our way he suggested that maybe would be better for me to take me to Czestochowa as there were many pilgrims around the Jasna Góra monastery and I could sleep together with the pilgrims since the environment was safe and friendly. I accepted and he took me to the location of the monastery.

As he told me about this famous monastery, I expected to find many people of all ages sleeping in their tents or simply on the grass around it. When I got there it was almost midnight. I didn't find anybody, but I didn't let this discourage me, I continued to be curious about what would be the very end of the day for me and kept believing that something good will happen again. The man who gave me the ride was already something good that happened. I said to myself "Adriano, keep looking around, have faith, things will work out for the best, a solution will come out" and decided to just have a walk all around the monastery to see it better from more angles.

When I arrived in front of its main gate, up on the hill, I saw a pilgrim who just arrived on its bicycle. We started talking and, among other things, told me that the pilgrims are all accommodated in a special house, built on purpose for them, and that maybe I can also be accommodated there for free.

We went together to this house. At the reception I found out that some sort of payment was expected so I left.

In front of this house there were guarded parking lots, and between them, scattered, there were big tents which had big long tables inside where pilgrims could sit and eat the food they had with them. From distance, these tables seemed good to sleep on since they were long and wide enough and they were protected from eventual rain. I decided to go to one of the guards and ask for permission to sleep on one of those tables. The guard said it was okay, so I headed towards one of the tents.

Once arrived at the tent and got the backpack off my back, I noticed there were three apples left on the table. When I saw them I felt like they were there waiting for me. I sat and pondered over the events that happened to me during the entire evening, and observing how the Universe made everything possible for me to have a nice place to sleep and something to eat made me feel great, and that's when I realized that when things don't go as planned, maybe that's the best because the Universe has something better for us, and we should just continue to stay positive and have faith that everything will work out for the best.

Written by Claudio Adriano Dobre, © 2014

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