Plan: a detailed proposal for doing or achieving something
We all have them. We’ve spent countless hours determining the order they should go. Some have spent thousands of dollars just to get themselves to a point in which they can carry them out. What is the reaction when our plans are interrupted? Those of us who have faced the loss of a relationship know all to well the answer to that question. We tend to shut down.
When plans are interrupted, not by our choice, it can make one a little cranky! The trick is to try to respond to life’s pause with love. It is not easy to see the good in the midst of the bad, but trust me it is there. At first it will seem like life as you knew it is gone. Only because life has changed the plans for you. Adapting to change is one of the hardest things anyone can go through. I’ve heard that the fear of “change” is one of the things people fear the most. It beats out heights, spiders, plane crashes, and even skydiving.
Believe me it is easy to let yourself slip into the why’s and what if’s when dealing with loss. Imagine how different life would be if instead we rose to the height of creativity when facing shattered plans. Using creativity as fuel to propel yourself forward in life can bring so many opportunities. A journal, for example, is a very creative way to begin to heal. Other’s have found solace in crafts, cooking, and photography. There are several celebrities who rose to great heights because they overcame shattered plans and flourished in their adversity. Just to name a few, Oprah, J.K. Rowling, Vincent Van Gogh, Bethany Hamilton, and Michael Jordan. Each of them had gone through and survived a loss which made them who they are today.
Famous our not, we can all react in a way that will help us to achieve our version of greatness. It is important that we do not become afraid of making new plans and doing our best to carry them out. But we also have to remember that even though we have our plans, God has his too. I’ll admit I’ve been guilty of thinking I was in complete control of what I had been planning. There are several outside influences that will dictate how our plans are carried out. My marriage for instance was not just in my hands but also in the hands of my ex. We cannot always count on the fact that what we have plotted out to happen will go exactly the way we want it.
So we have to train ourselves to react to life’s interruptions. I have begun to train myself with faith, hope and love. Having faith within to be able to rise to the challenge. The hope that the new proposal for life will see itself through. Loving to the point of throwing self-doubt out the window. If we can face each unplanned opportunity with these three attributes I am confident our new life will be full of wonderful surprises!
How have you faced an unplanned opportunity? Please share.