It’s your life….What’s Next?
If you haven’t been hit right between the eyes with a “wake up” call in the last year or so, you are one of the fortunate ones. Almost everyone I know is dealing with some personal challenge today that they did not anticipate and were not prepared for. Almost always there are basic lifestyle ramifications, and often the impact is profoundly financial. Many of my friends are questioning their ability to find answers that really work for them. All of those negative emotions like fear and anger rise to the surface. There has to be someone to blame for this mess. In fact, tons of energy can be invested in trying to sort out who is to blame, what went wrong and why.
In the midst of all of the confusion there are, however, a few clear lessons we can learn from history. This is not the first time the world seems to have been turned upside down. Regardless of what catastrophic event we might choose from the past, there are examples of individuals who chose to be victims. There are those who gave up, threw in the towel, quit the game called “life” and settled for just feeling sorry for themselves. There are also, however, those heroic individuals who have found the courage, strength and direction to turn their misfortune into a huge blessing for themselves and for other people in their lives.
It isn’t just those who have made history in difficult times, whose names have been recorded and whom we would probably recognize because their stories have been told. Many of those who have decided to be victorious instead of being victims are people whose names we have never heard. They are the quiet, but confident individuals, who claim ownership of their lives and responsibility for their actions in both good times and bad. They take what life brings to them and use it to create “new potential.”
What happened yesterday is a fact. However, today is the first day of the rest of our lives, and the past does not dictate the future. Today is a new day and tomorrow has not happened yet. To ask the question “What next?” can be dynamic and even explosive with all kinds of new possibilities.
The process begins with the realization that “it is your life.” No one else can live your life for you. It is your life, your present and your future!
When you and I decide that we are, or at least can be, in control — regardless of the circumstances around us — we open doors that can lead to all kinds of new “discoveries” about who we are and what we are capable of accomplishing.
It’s your life — What’s Next?