Sooo, you’ve got dreams, a heart overflowing with dreams and big goals, you say? And, you’ve decided to pursue them; you’ve mapped out your plan and you’re ready to go. That’s great! Do it. Go after it as if your life, your destiny and the destiny of those around you, depends on it.
Before you set out on your new path, let me ask you just one simple question… What are your expectations as you begin to walk the path for making your dreams reality and fulfilling your destiny? If the word easy comes to mind, consider it a new “four letter word” and throw it away. Unless you’re one of the very, very few charmed ones for whom everything just seems to fall into place with little or no effort on your part, this journey will be anything but easy. In fact, it’s gonna be a fight, a veritable war for what you want.
And as if that wasn’t enough, just by deciding to pursue your dream, you’ve just invited your new annoying neighbor, Murphy S. Law, to visit. Oh, no, he’s coming for an extended stay, and he’s gonna campout in your house. He’s gonna eat your food, sleep in your bed, and he’ll probably use your toothbrush and wear your favorite clothes; yes, he’s going to follow you around where ever you go!
Didn’t quite see him coming, did ya?
The Expected Unexpected
So what can you expect to experience when you go all-in and pursue the life you deserve? Here’s a short list of the fun Murphy will bring with him, but feel free to add to it:
- Your zippers will break. Yes, all of them.
- Ruts will appear in your shoes
- Your underwear will become quite holey
- Large appliances will malfunction, slightly, or just stop working altogether
- Small appliances that should last for years will see their larger cousins give up the ghost, and they’ll throw in the towel too
- Parts will, without rhyme or reason, fall off your car
- Not one, but two or three tires will flatten in less than two weeks
- Potholes, massive potholes…
- Car batteries will die without warning
- Windows will break spontaneously. Yep, seen it.
- Computers, and electronics in general, that you really, really, really need to keep working will rebel and cease to function at just the right (wrong) time
- The price of just about everything you usually purchase will skyrocket
- It will be a very hot summer or a stupid-cold winter and your AC or furnace will decide to “take a break”
- You’ll get to watch your bank account(s) reach a new low
- Of the 100 things you try in order to push and pull yourself closer to your goals, only about 3 are going to work. Two of those three will sort of work, and one will work well, but you won’t be able to figure out why, and you won’t be able to replicate the success
- Four-legged critters will take up residence in your attic, under your deck, or porch
- Power will go out just long enough for all the food you just purchased to go bad
- Pick a number between 1 and 5. That’s how many dental fillings are going to fall out. Yep, they’ll just drop right out.
After reading that list you might be thinking, “Welp, I’m out. Forget that. I’m stayin’ right where I’m at, safe, secure. I don’t need that smoke. Destiny is for daydreamers anyway…” But after a few moments, you realize the truth: all that stuff is going to happen whether you go after the life you desire or not, so why not go for it? The thing that makes it all sting so much more is the uncomfortable fact that at times, and probably quite often at first, it’s going to feel quite personal, like all of Creation is conspiring against you to keep you from succeeding. It is going to try you, test you, and you’re going to want to turn back, but don’t do it, do not stop. You must forge ahead in the knowledge that all of Heaven is for you, cheering you on, clearing the way, and mountains will move if you just keep trying, if you will just keep going!
You’ve come too far to turn back.
Expect more of the unexpected, plan for it, meet it head on, and above all else hold faith, and fight forward, my friend. Your victory is vital, not just for you, but also for those you will positively influence by your battle-scars, and by your victory itself.