Isn’t it rather amazing how we can wake up every day thinking we have our day planned out? Depending on our life situation, it might be some of these things: Get to work and do the same thing, again. Get the kids to school/activities. Go to the grocery store. Pay the bills. Clean the house/mow the yard. Golf game. Fix dinner. Watch your favorite TV show/sporting event.
Then, out of the blue, there’s the unwanted phone call concerning a family member/friend, or the car won’t start, or there are major disruptions/changes at work which directly affect you, or your flight is cancelled, or you are involved in a car accident, or you suddenly find yourself dealing with an illness or a traumatic relationship issue. We would say these events were:
UNEXPECTED. Really? Illness, death, delays, disruptions, disagreements, accidents. They are all a part of LIFE. We just don’t want them to happen to us or those we love. But, they do and WILL happen. Living WELL Aware is not about having a perfect life. It’s about preparing us to deal with an imperfect life. It’s about Expecting the Unexpected. Viktor Frankl, a survivor of Hitler’s concentration camps, in his international best selling book Man’s Search for Meaning said it better than anyone: “The one thing you can’t take away from me is the way I choose to respond to what you do to me. The last of one’s freedoms is to choose one’s attitude in any given circumstance.” That is powerful! We always have a choice in how we react to any situation.
Things will happen to all of us that we do not desire. Grieving, discontent, sadness, disappointment, and a multitude of other negative feelings are normal. We are human. But, we don’t want to continue to live in that world, despite what society may encourage. Our health and happiness are dependent on how we ultimately resolve these “unexpected” issues: the sooner the better.
What if we woke up every day and thought: “I am blessed. I am grateful. Today, I’m going to expect the unexpected.” That’s what my husband does. When something undesired happens that wasn’t on his radar, he says: “That’s the unexpected thing I was expecting!” Even when things are happening that are definitely not desired, he frequently says: “Things are going my way!” Because if these things are happening to him, they are “in his way, in his path” and he needs to deal with them. It’s during challenging times that switching to a state of gratitude ASAP can be extremely helpful.
Today, and in the future, when we think things are not “going our way”, remember that they ARE “in our way” and our health and happiness are determined by how we deal with them. As Viktor Frankl stated, we have a choice.
It’s about Living WELL Aware!
THANKS to Pineywoods Community Academy in Lufkin Texas for the honor of conducting a Living WELL Aware conference for school employees last week. It was a pleasure spending the day with you. Wishing you the very best this academic year. Remember, the goal is to be healthier, happier, AND younger by the end of the academic year! It will happen if you Dream Big as you envision your ultimate destination. I look forward to traveling the journey with you. ONWARD!
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