Life’s looking good. Everything is going just as it should. You feel like, for once, everything is going your way. Then…
The water heater has a leak.
Your BFF, who is supposed to go on an all inclusive FREE vacation, winds up not being able to go due to a medical issue.
Your teenage daughter is having a meltdown a day or so it seems.
You have your period.
You lost your favorite pen.
Oh, and the dog peed all over the living room.
That’s right. Curve balls. Some spread out and some coming hard and fast at you. The question is not what curveball will come next, because there will always be curveballs heading your way, but HOW you handle that curveball when it arrives at you.
That’s really the test. You have two options.
Option A: You throw a fit or melt down or break out in your victim dance and speak, curl up into a ball and crawl under the covers. You shut down. The curve balls strike you out and it doesn’t seem like you are getting up for a while.
Option B: You have your little temper tantrum, then move on. You put on your big girl (or guy) pants and get on with your life. You do this because if you wallow in the fact that a curveball came at you and maybe, even, struck you out, nothing would get done. But in the end, it really doesn’t control your life. In fact, it’s really not even that big of a deal. Merely a blip on your radar.
Which option do you take these days? Which option seems more healthy?
But, Sara, you don’t understand…yes I do. Trust me. I do. These curve balls can be huge at times.
Your dad dies.
Your car breaks down or it gets wrecked.
You break up with your soulmate. (hint: if you broke up, he’s probably a lesson for you to grow from, not your soul mate)
They can feel, at the moment, that your life is ending. It’s not. In fact, the world continues to turn despite what happens to you.
Life is not about what happens to you. It’s about how you choose to react.
You can either play the victim and let the curveballs put you out of commission OR you can get up, brush yourself off, and realize that NOTHING and NO ONE should control your life and have that power over you.
Which option will you take?