“A bend in the road is not the end of the road… unless you fail to make the turn.” ~Author Unknown

May 2nd, 2012

I’ve heard that troubles come in threes.  Not so this past week and a half.  Unexpected problems have been climbing over each other to get to me! Last week my car overheated on the highway. Luckily, I was close to an exit with a service station. The prognosis went from bad to worse, however. I had to put her down. She was old and suffering and too expensive to fix.

Six months prior, I had thought about selling her and upgrading to a younger model. Two weeks prior, I’d had a dream that my car died. What does this all mean? Probably nothing. Or maybe I was preparing myself for the inevitable, but didn’t follow up.

Regardless, I decided to try to take it in stride instead of engaging my usual anxious, fear-ridden response. I believe that things happen for a reason.  Ok, good, because my life lately is a real page-turner!  I’m curious what will happen next?!  I also believe that the Universe/God/Source always provides.  Wow.  I can’t wait to see how they get me out of this one!

I decided to look positively and inquisitively toward the future and to what I will be driving next! Hmmm…I wonder! It’s a mystery!

Bottom line is, I still have CHOICES.

How I respond (within and outside myself) is a CHOICE:
EITHER, “Why me?  What did I do to deserve this?”
OR, “What am I learning from this?  How is it shaping me?  What is being asked of me?  Patience?  Faith?  Strength?  Slow down?”

How I feel about it is a CHOICE:
EITHER, “These things always happen to me!”
OR,  “It could be worse.  My other needs are still being met.”

What I believe is a CHOICE:
EITHER, “Life sucks!”
OR,  “Such is life sometimes.  I can get through this.  Things will take a turn for the better like they always do.  I’ve gotten through worse than this before.”

Difficulties help me appreciate days of ease. The tough days strengthen me.  Grrr!

Things To Do when troubles are beyond your control:

  • Focus on other more joyous, things.
  • Write when things are wrong.
  • Count and appreciate other blessings large and small.
  • Breathe.  This too shall pass.
  • Recall other times you pulled through and what got you there.

In life there is ebb and there is flow. Just because we’re ebbing doesn’t mean we’ll never flow again. Think of yourself as an arrow. You’re only being pulled back on the bow so you can spring forward that much farther when you let go.  And, oh, the ride when you do!

2 Responses to ““A bend in the road is not the end of the road… unless you fail to make the turn.” ~Author Unknown”

  1. Erica on May 2, 2012 12:44 pm

    I love that “just because we’re ebbing doesn’t mean we’ll never flow again…” 🙂

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