You may wonder why I have an oar as the photo for this post...well, I'm channeling that saying: up a creek without a paddle. That's what it can feel like when you are grooving along Life, and all of a sudden, you get thrown, you have to turn fast, and then shift gears again...and you find yourself in a direction you never thought you'd be...with a flat tire.
Curveballs, whammies, sassafrassaknackers (yeah, I made that up). Whatever you call it, situations like this happen. As I say to my kiddo all of the time, there are just some things beyond our control. What we do after it happens, that, friends, we can control.
I surf around the Internet a lot as a writer and stumble on many bits of wisdom that I tuck away. I found this pretty cool site -- Tiny Buddha, which has some neato tidbits and rather sage advice on how to handle this thing called Life. One of the posts that caught my eye was a step-by-step plan to deal with life's curveballs, the challenges that may rise up and bite you in the proverbial tush. The steps are: accept and let go, observe and decide, face your fears and take action, and practice gratitude.
I know. I know. You are thinking, "Gratitude? Say what??"
Yes, be thankful. Because really, in these moments, these curveball, unexpected, not-what-you-had-planned moments are perhaps when you learn the most and grow the most. Go figure, right?
So, back to the oar thing. Sometimes, when we are up a creek without a paddle, when these curveballs are tossed into the mix, we realize we have an oar. It may not look like an oar, or maybe it was an oar you didn't know you had. You realize you are stronger than you thought or that leaving the job you hated made room for another opportunity to come along or that your kid breaking his leg on the soccer field made extra time for him to discover his love of reading or playing the chess together.
Who knows, but when you get that curveball thrown at you, don't duck. Catch it -- and see where you can toss it next.
Has Life thrown you some curveballs? How do you deal with it? Share your best "how to make an oar out of nothing" bit of wisdom!