I’m guessing these curve balls may leave us thinking and feeling “What the ?”
Some people may say that having no expectations leaves little room for disappointment …. however people with plans, goals, dreams, an aim enables them to focus and to stay on track, to plot a course and head in that direction with intention, energy, passion and purpose.
When thrown a curve ball, we can make two choices …. we can either duck or we can catch it with both hands and throw a straight ball back.
I prefer to catch the ball, because when you throw it back, it is a new direction and path that your life takes. As the ball leaves your hand, you are filled with unknowing and anticipation. As the ball soars through the air, gaining momentum, you begin to feel at peace and gain a sense of freedom. As the ball lands, you reach your life path and begin the journey from that point on.
I imagine opportunities may flow to us at different times throughout life, however, what if it was a one-off or a once-in-a-lifetime-only opportunity? Would you have regrets and always wonder, or would you prefer to know and learn from?
Personally, I give thanks for the curve balls along my life path and journey, as each new curve ball is a learning opportunity, and I look forward to what this brings and where it leads me. Maybe it’s where I wanted to go, maybe not. If not, I can easily change direction again. Our life path has many a twist and turn, forks in the road and paths that branch off. We can opt for the direct route or the scenic route, we can take the well-worn trail or blaze new trails. How fortunate are we that we have options and we have choices!
When something out of the ordinary or totally unexpected arises to knock you or floor you, what do you do? How do you manage or cope with these “surprises” or “changes”? What’s your response? Or do you react from emotion, programming and past experience?
What resonates with me is to learn from the past, to live in the present, and to look forward to the future. It’s ok to glance in the rear mirror occasionally, however, we need to keep looking forward to focus on what lies ahead. As Stuart Grant stated, “There’s no future in looking backwards.”
I love love love the beach, the water and the sunshine! :-) A strategy that works well for me is to liken the curve ball to a cloud in a clear blue sky that covers the sunshine and makes things cooler and darker until the cloud passes and the sun shines warmly and brightly again. I say to myself “This is only temporary, this too shall pass.”
We can get knocked off track on our journey called life, and yes it can be frustrating, surprising or painful in some ways, however, each of us has choice in life, in each and every moment, in each and every situation, activity, event and opportunity that arises, so do the best you can, with what you have, at any given moment. Be gentle with yourself and know that you are the master of your destiny, you are the leading role in your life, you choose your mindset and how you respond. Choose well …. and remember, this life isn’t a dress rehearsal, it’s the real deal, so be sure to do everything possible with every fibre of your heart, soul and being to learn from the curve balls and to live a life you love! :-)
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