The expression “When one door closes, another one opens” is a bit cliché but there is a reason we use it so often: life gives us experiences that teach us it’s true. When we are faced with a major obstacle or setback, it can be difficult at first to see how anything positive could come of it but with time, we usually understand the reason this challenge was actually a gift in disguise.
There are a few pivotal moments in my life that felt very, very dark but ended up providing precious gifts, whether it’s finally seeing my true worth or making a move that brought my quality of life to a whole new level. It’s also important to realize that this journey is not one that is a straight line going forward. It has twists and turns and sometimes major “detours” that once again are usually blessings.
If you are driven like me, you want the highway that is life to be direct and fast so that you can reach one goal after the other but we both know that’s not how it works and there’s a reason for that. We are here to learn lessons and grow. If everything came easy we would never evolve as a human and spiritual being and our time here would be somewhat of a waste.
Life is filled with alternate routes but also with cycles of ups, downs and plateaux. We can feel like we are in an ascent for a while and then oh boy, there is a major dip in the road. These phases are 100% normal but we are often scared and uncomfortable during them. We put loads of pressure on ourselves to “get it together” and get back to where we “were” if that “place” was deemed good. Problem with that is that we are closing ourselves to a natural and positive evolution and for the Universe to bring something even better our way.
We can think that we know best and resist what is trying to come our way because we believe it won’t suit us but really, we have to learn to TRUST. To get comfortable with being uncomfortable and realizing that we can’t avoid uncertainty. It’s part of this crazy adventure and the quicker we accept that, the quicker we can find a sense of inner peace despite the outer chaos.
The takeaway: when the highway that is life is a straight line and you’re on cruise control, enjoy the scenery and be grateful for this smooth period. When you enter a more challenging phase, first be grateful for everything that is still positive in your life because there is always something. Second, don’t enter this cycle screaming and kicking. Eckhart Tolle says “What you resist will persist” so rather than not wanting your situation to be as it currently is, try to be open and trusting to where you are being guided.
You can lead an incredible life but it will require stepping outside your comfort zone and realizing that you might have plans but something even better might be waiting for you around the corner if you tap into courage and faith.
Have you had dark moments in your life where you didn’t see what your next move should be but ended up being guided in the right direction? Share in the comments below!
Until the next post (I promise I won’t go MIA again for another 6 months and that story in itself is one for an upcoming video if ever you were wondering what the heck I have been up to). ;)
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