Let me ask you a serious question: When’s the last time that everything in your life went 100% as planned? If I had to take a wild guess, you probably thought of more instances where things didn’t go your way than vice-versa.
The truth is, sometimes no matter how hard we try and how much planning and list-making we do, there are things that are always going to be simply beyond our control. Things that despite our best efforts just don’t pan out the way we want them to and we’re left with two choices: let it consume you or let it motivate you.
When Life Throws You a Curveball
As I recently shared with you in this post over here, our family is currently in the process of moving to Georgia. Just one week ago, we were within 15 days of closing on a home, were getting ready to post our house in VA for sale, had everything planned out exactly for when our kids would start school in GA, and then…life threw us a curveball.
The house that we had our hearts set on ended up having major roof issues and despite our best negotiation efforts, the sellers weren’t willing to cover the cost of replacing it. So we had to walk away.
In the end that meant my husband had to leave to start his job in Georgia all by himself, and for now it’s just me and the kids here in Virginia until we can find a new place to live and sell our home here. It definitely was not what we wanted or had planned for.
And to be honest, at first I wanted to do nothing more than sit around and wallow in it. It was super disappointing that things didn’t work out the way we wanted to, even though we tried our hardest to ensure everything would.
But what good would that really do? Like it or not, things don’t go our way on almost a daily basis and as easy as it would be to sit around complaining about this and that, it’s completely counterproductive.
While watching my new favorite series Parenthood the other day, I was so inspired by a quote in one of the episodes. “Life will knock you down more times than you can imagine. Don’t knock yourself down.”
Sometimes, we can try with all of our might to stay grounded and never falter or fail, but it’s inevitable. Life is going to knock you down and you’ll face challenges at every turn. But don’t knock yourself down. Just because things don’t always work out the way we want them to, doesn’t mean we should stop trying or give up on ourselves. Because for everything that goes wrong in our lives there’s another great thing out there just waiting to be discovered. And who knows? It just might be a million times better than that thing you had “planned” for.
Instead of letting this small curve ball get me down, I’m reminding myself that perspective is everything and I’m choosing to focus on all the good things in our lives. Despite the fact that our family is apart right now, I couldn’t be more proud of my husband in starting his new job and I’m so excited to be getting started with being a full-time blogger.
It’ll be hard being away from each other for a little while, but we’ve did the long-distance thing before and it will make it all the more worthwhile once we get to be together again. I’m also beyond thrilled that our boys just started kindergarten and second grade, and to see their sweet faces every afternoon when I pick them up from school absolutely melts my heart.
Although the house we had our hearts set on purchasing didn’t end up panning out, I’m a firm believer that things happen for a reason and I know we’re going to end up finding something even better out there.For now, I’m just so thankful for all of our blessings and I’m choosing to not let life’s little lemons and curveballs get to me.
For those of you who have been thrown a curveball of your own lately, how have you handled it? Did you choose to let it motivate you? Let me know in the comments!
Cheers to a wonderful week ahead, friends. Thanks for stopping by!- Cara