Many of us now look at our life differently than we did several months ago. Our place in the social soup, our position in our career, or how we maintain friendships and other relationships may have been restructured, rearranged, or reevaluated. When our ideal slips away, when we make it to the boat, get settled in, set sail, and the ship returns to port — that’ll catch anyone off guard. Ready yourself for your new normal.
So, the plans you had did not work out like you thought they might? Yes, plans fail, happens all the time. Let us not forget that failure has benefits. When we fail, we learn what didn’t work, which gives us a chance to try something new.
The past has passed, and history doesn’t exist to interfere with what you are destined to achieve. Discouragement happens, but look ahead and know that every shift in your path or pace provides a new position under the stars and centers you in your place on this planet. Every challenge, every adversity, contains the seeds of opportunity for growth.
“It is not often that a man can make opportunities for himself. But he can put himself in such shape that when or if the opportunities come, he is ready.” -Theodore Roosevelt.
Our country became great by overcoming challenges, crafting dreams into possibilities, and fear into hope. The first American pioneers started only with what they brought here — their hearts, their hands, and their knowledge. They didn’t come expecting life to be easy. They weren’t promised handouts or a free pass. When they arrived, they were only limited by their own faith, talent, and courage. They built a nation — a strong nation — to be an example for all humankind.
It is never too late to get started, even if we now find ourselves facing a different direction. The process of starting and stopping, falling down and getting up, is how we figure life out.
Captain Jack Sparrow, one of my favorite naval pioneers, once said, “If you were waiting for the opportune moment, that was it.” So, brush off the dirt, wipe your hands on your shirt, and get back at it. Let’s go this way now, and let’s make this way better together.
Jack Tuszynski is an award-winning photojournalist and the Publisher of the Family Life Publications group of magazines.
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