“We keep moving forward, opening new doors and doing new things, because we’re curious and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths.” ~ Walt Disney
I think I can, I think I can… that’s definitely been my self talk lately. Over the past year I’ve hit just about every road sign possible going full speed ahead. I’m just going to share a few below as I talk about my big move!
Stop Signs: I live my life on fast forward. Not by intention, but it’s just my personality. I find the days getting shorter and time flying by faster than ever before. However, I’ve been able to actually tell myself to “stop, think, relax.” That’s what I did this
weekend one night for a short time …
I actually stopped what I was doing, stopped what I was thinking, put on some music, drank a glass of wine and reflected on how fortunate I am. I thought about how blessed I am to be in my home, how blessed I am to be healthy and happy and how I am right where I am supposed to be. This stop sign in my life was simply blissful.
U-Turn Signs: A U-Turn takes you back to where you were. But let’s think about this… When you make a U-Turn you don’t rewind and start back without knowledge of the road you were just on, but you go back to where you started, smarter, knowing the path your driving on and what it led to. Sometimes you have to make a U-Turn to get to where you want to go. It’s just a fact of mapquest! Or my garmin when she says “when possible make a U-Turn.”
So I made a U-Turn. I’m back to where I started almost 6 years ago to the day… in my condo! I know this place. This is home and it’s familiar. I am prepared for the occasional noise from the upstairs neighbors and I’ve lounged around the pool where I know the best seats, my pool, with my neighbors. The U-Turn got me back here, wiser and now I can move forward.
Dead End Signs: When traveling along some roads, you might find they are the coolest roads, the best scenery, the most adventurous, happy or scary, but when you get to the end and you see the Dead End sign, you think “I should have read that sign a long time ago.” Fortunately, the dead end roads I’ve taken haven’t take me too far but I definitely hit the dead end sign a few times and kept going anyway. Maybe it was fear that I had already gone for awhile on it, why not keep going, or that the drive was an adventure and I would prevail on regardless.
This year has been a year of hitting the dead end on some things and the warning sign of Dead End Ahead and me actually (or finally – depending on who you ask!) turning around. And this is something I am truly grateful for. In Jon Gordon’s “The Positive Dog” novel, he says “abundance flows into your life when gratitude flows out of your heart. You become a gratitude magnet and attract more good fortune, love, peace, happiness and positivity so your list of things to be grateful for keeps growing.”
I’m not sad or mad about the dead ends I’ve hit but instead truly grateful for the perfect time, the perfect resolution and perfect changes that came with them. I’m a true believer that everything happens for a reason and in a season and we have to be grateful for the moments and the lessons learned.
Think about when you’ve hit dead ends. Were you sad or mad? What can you learn from then and how has it made something else better?
Construction Signs: Construction signs usually freak me out. First of all, I think danger. I always have to pay close attention to make sure I’m following the rules – going the speed limit and watching for workers – most importantly. Construction signs are usually constantly changing – unless you’re on I-75 in Georgia, then the signs never change.
Construction signs are like experiencing new things in life – you need to pay close attention that you get all the info to do something right or just follow the directions carefully. This year I feel like I’ve been in the construction zone of life – changes with warning signs that’s I’ve had to follow. Or new routes, new rules, new directions to accomplish something spectacular.
This pas week I put on my hard hat and entered the construction zone of moving. I didn’t realize #1 how much stuff I have and #2 how much stuff I need. Conflicting answers, I know, but if you’ve moved, you know what I’m talking about!
I was surprised to learn I can put together a floor lamp with a table in about 15 minutes flat. Even more impressive was that I put together a tall and heavy bookshelf without getting a bruise… I have more bruises on my body from moving heavy objects this past week than I think I ever got at one time playing sports… some things I really should leave to the professionals.
Winding Road Sign: This sign tell you that the road ahead has a lot of turns in it. I saw a lot of these signs when I was on my Blue Ridge Mountain Trip. Going through the mountains was definitely a bumpy ride and I may have felt sick at some point but the destination was worth every turn. I feel like my life has had more turns and changes in the past year than I can count. Some for the better, some for the lesson learned. All for the moment now, my life now. My incredibly blessed life.
Winding roads make me think of improv. You know the outline but not the exact course. Sometimes in life we have to improv to get to the destination. During my move, I had to improv with a gift wrap paper cutter. I couldn’t find scissors, knives or a box cutter but I had a ton of things to open. So I pulled out my gift wrap paper cutter (got to LOVE the gift wrap Tupperware containers that hold everything so perfectly!).
To my surprise, this actually worked and I opened everything with ease! I finally found scissors but I’m keeping the paper cutter close by just in case!
As I start this new adventure of mine, I can’t help but smile and be extremely grateful for everything. I’m enjoying the moment and excited to see where my winding road leads me next!
I’ll leave you with this quote from Jon Gordon’s book “The Shark and the Goldfish” another short novel I read this week. “Everyday that you choose to work hard and not settle is a day that leads to the life you want. Those with a positive attitude, desire to improve, a great work ethic and ability to focus will shine.”