There are some that say our higher selves 'plan' our lives for us. We (they) do so with a dispassionate eye towards the extremes of experience. In fact, there are some that believe we (they) choose really tough situations to "experience' life. Sigh. Now I don't know if I can believe this if only because my higher self must be quite mad. I'm probably projecting. I find the continuing flavors of personal madness to be like a distilled liquid. While I get "better", the core of the madness becomes more refined and it scares me even more.
On the business geek side of life, I am now reading "Accounting: The Basis for Business Decisions". Oh the excitement. (smile).