Will this be the year I publish the book I’ve been giving birth to for over 3 years? In the upcoming 8765.81 hours, will I put down some roots for me and my furry family or move for the third time in five years? After being single for 6 years, will I know the rush of falling in love in the next 31,536,000 seconds? Who knows? I sure don’t, but I can tell you that I am open to possibility.
I’m not big on planning. I do believe in holding loose goals, but I also believe that I have to remain flexible enough to respond to whatever actually arise along the way. That means that sometimes I have to zig when I thought I was going to zag to reach a goal or even change the end goal completely as makes sense within the surprises of the unfolding reality.
I’ve learned never to judge a situation as good or bad when it first presents itself whether it’s getting a “no” when I wanted a “yes” or my landlord telling me they’re not renewing my lease. The circumstances themselves are neither. Whether anything is good or bad is determined by my thinking and how I manage and move through the situation. There is always a benefit or, at least, a lesson to be found in any situation if I look hard enough. Once I recognize the plus side of something that could have been viewed as a calamity, it becomes what my friend calls a “happy accident.”
Life has a way of bringing a lot of happy accidents within a short period sometimes. I’ve seen the same friend meet the love of her life, get married, and open a yoga studio in little more than a year. To do this, she had to move to a different state leaving friends, a job, and a home she had known for over a decade. Another friend met someone, got married, had a baby, and started a business out of her home again in a little over a year.
I’m willing to bet that neither of them planned on the events that unfolded. They stayed open and willing to work with what arose, welcomed it as if they had chosen it, and took the risks to allow the benefits to happen. That’s the key to happiness and success in any situation in my opinion. Taking what is before you and making it work for you. (See blog: One little Question)
While I don’t see a wedding in my future – ever, I am willing to venture out of my comfort zone, take some risks, zig and zag, and see what happy accidents arise in the new year. Even if I don’t fall in love or publish a book, I will find joy in the every day whether it’s a cat curling up on my lap, taking a nap in the sun, or a particularly yummy yoga class.
It’s up to me, and it’s all good. Let’s do this!
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