Sometimes I'm uncomfortable with uncertainty. I like the familiarity of routine and sameness. It's peaceful and I find great value in tradition, in making memories in the same places, from a trusted palette. I walk sure-footed and with confidence. I become a teacher of my knowledge, sure of my path. I have answers to questions. I shuck and jive with "experts" like myself.
And then I fall flat on my face and I have to begin again. There is equal value in this ...
I have been embarrassed and angry when this happens. I have felt great sadness. I have blamed and shouted to the heavens "WHY ME?!" Frustration turned into Irritation and that's the worst of all. Irritation lives under the skin, is shallow and petty and its host doesn't see how degrading it can be.
I have a new practice when I get caught off guard. I laugh at myself. When I start to get irritated, I say out loud "I need to take another look at this". I reassure myself things always turn out. I keep my dignity and I resource my intelligence and and get creative. Best of all, I take one Giant Step UPWARD. (Mother May I?)
The difference between capitalizing on inconvenience and being waylaid by it is twofold: perspective and choice. I find that pulling back the camera so I can see the whole picture is so helpful. Taking the time to imagine how I can benefit from what is happening turns the puzzle piece a different way to fit this new picture.
Here's the grid, and it's not linear:
Inconvenience = Opportunity
Mistakes = New Ways of Seeing (the light goes on!)
Not According To Plan = A Better Life, Texturized, Optimized
Change = Fresh Horizons
Understand it. Welcome it. Get Inconvenient...