Life, as much as we try to make plans, is unpredictable. There are times when major events align themselves in such a way as to stop us in our tracks. On my walk this morning, I was thinking about that topic.
We’re geared to think we have to be moving forward in a productive way. However, if you’ve ever had the heartache of experiencing the death of a loved one, a divorce, a major illness, or perhaps even surgery, it can make us forget which track we ever thought was important. Happy, life altering events like a wedding, birth of a child, or changing careers can also produce similar feelings of derailment. How best to overcome the sense that the world is spinning about without you?
As one lives through the meandering times, I find the power of recovery truly lies in the love and faith of family and friends as tricky landscapes are maneuvered. Just like my train analogy, you must begin by deciding where you want to go, getting yourself a ticket, making a commitment to be at the station at the right time and date. Give yourself time to prepare. Start being involved with people again. Their stories fuel your energy and ability to move forward. Opportunities are right around the corner, if only you remain open to them. No engine ever starts out at full speed. Confucius said that a journey of a thousand miles begins with one small step.
From the Little Engine That Could comes one of my favorite quotes, “I think I can, I think I can, I know I can, I know I can.”
Look deeply into your heart and think about what’s stopping you from beginning your trip of where you’d like to be in your future. Only you can make it happen. All Aboard!