Change can be a good thing that unfortunately doesn’t always come with an “It’s gonna be okay” memo. I guess knowing how things turn out would defeat the purpose of the journey, but oh would it make life a heck of a lot easier. Doubt and other forms of life delays are never ideal. In fact, most of us would probably like to skip every obstacle in our way, pass go and collect our $200.
No matter how much faith I’d like to think I have, this has always been an area of struggle in my life. As a creature of habit, I’m a big fan of routine and things staying the course when it comes to both my profession and personal endeavors. Sadly, nothing always goes according to plan that can sometimes make me question my foundation and whether or not I have what it takes to be successful. It’s hard not to stay up later than you should thinking about a situation you have no control over fixing.
Has there ever been a time in your life when you questioned whether or not things were going to work out in your favor? Regardless of how big your opposition appears to be, even the toughest individual can feel hopeless. Maybe you recently lost a job that employed you for many years or are crossing fingers this next wave of layoffs doesn’t affect you. Perhaps you feel complacent about your journey and where it’s headed, but don’t know where to turn to get that jolt of optimism you so desperately need.
One thing that’s important to remember — and keep close to your heart — is the power of hope as it can be the difference between living life on cruise control and constantly swerving due to tribulation.
For starters, let’s get out of this mindset that a delay is an automatic no. Alright, sometimes it can be, but in many cases, there’s more happening in the background that you don’t realize. Have you ever interviewed for a job, thought you did very well and never heard anything back until several months later? Sure you might’ve been glad to land the gig, but man did fear of the unknown kick in — to a certain degree. One of the biggest reasons why life gives us delays is because we don’t always operate on our own schedules. You have to remember that the world doesn’t revolve around you and your feelings. Other people might need more time to do what you can in a single day. The best you can do is keep your patience.
A delay can also surface as a feeling you haven’t made any progress when it comes to your dreams. Some folks have a strict ambition calendar and must meet every goal by a certain time in their life. Please don’t let this be you. Not only is it nerve-wracking and a little crazy, but leaves very little room for things to go in the direction they need to head towards. Maybe your calling was to do something other than what you’re doing right now. Those who don’t sketch their lives and only write in pen are bound to be disappointed. Always leave room for the unexpected to occur.
Should your delay manifest into a flat out “no,” look for the moral of the story so you can keep on moving. Sometimes where you wanted to go had so many bombs along the way that you’ll never know just how many you dodged. Not getting a position you wanted could’ve been a blessing in disguise considering the company’s high turnover rate. Stop trying to force something that was never intended to work. When you feel your gut telling you to move on, listen.
You have a purpose to fulfill in this life. Your job is to fine tune figuring out what it is and how to do it to the best of your ability. So long as you’re trying your hardest, you have to stay hopeful everything will work out in due time. Don’t let delays rob you of your journey and just how far you’ve come.
culled from madamenoire