“I can’t change the direction of the wind, but I can adjust my sails to reach my destination”
Have you ever wondered what life was going to throw at you next? What happens next week, next month, next year? Sometimes I’m sure we all wish we had a crystal ball to see what’s coming. In the movie “Big,” Josh (Tom Hanks) is too short to get on a carnival ride and stumbles across Zoltar, a coin operated fortune telling machine. He wishes to be big and magically overnight, he is transformed into a grown man. After the newness wears off and he experiences adulthood, Josh decides adult hood is not for him and is given the opportunity to go back to being a kid. The movie is a timeless classic that proves what we want is not always what we need.
Even if you were prepared for everything, surely something would happen that was unexpected or unplanned. We can’t change the cards we are dealt in life, so we have to play the best hand we can with what we’ve been given. Just because you are struggling doesn’t mean you are failing; every great success required some struggle to get there. We are not always a product of circumstance, but a product of our decisions. As a child, you surely didn’t learn to walk by following rules; you learned by trial and error. Sometimes by losing the battle, you find a new way to win the war.
Live life with no regrets and never allow a situation to beat you down for long. Let past experiences be a breeding ground for change. Instead of waiting for your storm to pass, learn how to dance in the rain. Forgiveness is one of the most powerful virtues we have in life and sometimes we simply just need to forgive ourselves so we can move forward. Without this, you will never fully understand where you are going until you are acceptant of where you have been. Be thankful for the struggles in life because they make you who you are. Remember that we don’t always have to understand everything, but we are charged with knowing it is all meant for the greater good.
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight” -Proverbs 3:5-6