Sometimes, we can get so caught up in a situation that we become incapable of distancing ourselves from the immediate problem. We become so fixated on all the things that didn’t go as we had planned that we fail to see that there may be a higher order to the way things are unfolding. Could it be that life is preparing you for something beyond what you could ever dream yourself to be capable of?
When things don’t go our way, when people or circumstances disappoint us, it can leave us feeling disheartened or angry. That feeling of defeat or frustration can lead us down the slippery path of self-pity where we only remember the events that didn’t work out as we had anticipated or hoped. It is only natural to feel discouraged, but we can’t allow the present circumstance to keep us from being open to positive experiences in the future. In an attempt to protect yourself from disappointment you may close yourself off from hoping for a better outcome.
In order to attract the things we want into our lives we have to open to receiving them. But they may not come into our lives the way we expect, so we must remain open to receiving what may not immediately present itself as a gift.
Take a look back at your life. Have you not encountered hardships and obstacles and yet, despite all the challenges, you managed to find a way to make it work? Opportunities are presenting themselves all the time, but if we remain fixated on the way things should or should not have turned out we may miss out on seeing those opportunities. Often, the most trying experiences show us who we are and what we are capable of. Always be and give your best, even when it is difficult or when things are not going your way. This is how and when you grow into the person you were always meant to be. The right opportunities, the right people and the right circumstances are in your future. You may not be able to understand how life is preparing you but, in time, everything that has happened did so in order for you to become who you were always meant to be. What if, instead of being afraid of a challenge and pushing it away, you chose to accept it as the gift of opportunity?
Affecting the life of another, creating connection, and making an impact on the lives of others is what gives life meaning and purpose. All the experiences you have encountered and everything that has happened to you, has put you exactly where you need to be in the here and now. When you appreciate that there is a higher order to the way that life is unfolding it can leave you in awe. There are no words to express the magnitude of such a revelation.
My life was no longer recognizable after a serious brain infection left me paralyzed. For five years, I struggled to regain my physical abilities and independence. Through my illness and recovery I found inner strength I never knew was possible and I developed new appreciation for life. I pushed myself and defied the odds to complete and graduate from Chiropractic College.
Circumstances continued to unfold and I soon found myself in the unique position to affect and enhance the lives of others. I now help people who feel that physical or emotional limitations are impacting their ability to live a meaningful life. I am grateful for being in the position that I am in and to be able to use my unique gifts to impact the lives of others. I am left in awe when I think of the chain of events that had to unfold perfectly to bring me to where I am now.
“Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos into order, confusion into clarity… It turns problems into gifts, failures into success, the unexpected into perfect timing, and mistakes into important events. Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today and creates a vision for tomorrow.” — Melody Beattie
Copyright Dr. Julie Doobay 2016