In mid-October, I took a leap of faith. I acted on an emotional whim, quit my job, moved to Vermont and began a new job.
Cathy and I crafted a plan: She would stay in Connecticut and prepare the house to put on the market. She would sell the house in the spring, find a job in Vermont, and we’d finally live our dream life.
Sounded like an easy and “do-able” plan. The problem was, life is never quite so easy.
The short version: The experiment was a failure.
I had a new plan: Return home, return to old job, and return to thinking rationally, rather than emotionally.
I committed to meditating daily in an effort to keep self doubt, embarrassment, and thoughts of failure from consuming me. I committed to an attitude of gratitude – giving thanks for the abundant gifts in my life: a loving wife, a house, a job, a car, shoes, clothes, food, five senses, the ability to brush my teeth without assistance, etc. I committed to putting good things in my body: turmeric, ginger, garlic, fruits, veggies, water, vitamins, etc. I committed to ask God for daily guidance, patience, trust, and understanding.
My initial failure led to a renewed enthusiasm and appreciation for my life. I felt great!
The other day, I received an email that informed me I had not been selected for a new job that I had applied and interviewed for. The rejection stung!
I believed I was a perfect fit for the position.
I had failed, again. My body literally responded with a 24 hour flu type illness. I felt horrible.
“Whoa! Wait a minute, Peter. Stop right there. Maybe, just maybe, the position was not a perfect fit for me.“
My “flu” cleared up.
Isn’t it interesting how a different perspective can completely change the context of an event?
I am present in this moment. I am not thinking about past disappointments. I am not anticipating or planning for the future. I just am.
I am sitting at my keyboard and writing this blog post. This act of writing is something that is in my control. There are no other decision makers in this process.
I am grateful. I am not worrying. I am happy. I am successful, despite my failures.
In this season of giving, give yourself a present: Kindness.
May you look for and find success. Every day!
Be Kind. Be Thankful. Be Significant.