Life is here ready or not

“I’m not sure I’m ready for this”, my friend said. Life’s roller coaster was in full pull and now here was an unexpected opportunity for something good. He had been through a lot the past few months and was still a bit lost and confused about things.

He asked for guidance several times and the guidance in all cases confirmed that the opportunity in front of him was a good thing. He still wasn’t sure he was ready though. He really wanted things to calm down first.

As I listened to him, I began to reflect on my life. Some of my most memorable achievements happened when I wasn’t ready. They just appeared and sometimes I didn’t have a choice. I remember returning to work after vacation and withnin 10 minutes told I was in charge of an enterprise project. A project I have never done before with a lot of high stakes. I was anything but ready, but I figured it out as I went.

Those moments when I “wasn’t ready” is where I learned the most; to step up, to ask for help, to follow guidance, that I was capable of way more than I thought, and to follow my heart.

For me, ideally life should be all organized and tidy before things occur. I want them to happen on my time, when I’m ready. Don’t we all right?  How much would we really grow and learn if life happened exactly when we thought we were ready?

Course, am I ever really ready? It’s easy to become a victim of analysis paralysis. I can make plenty of excuses for not being ready and if I followed those, not much would happen. Its life happening, when it happens, that stretches me, that makes me grow the most. I don’t always like it, but it is what it is.

By having faith and following guidance, we can be sure that whatever happens we can handle, even if we don’t think so. When life is good, it’s easy to agree. However, when it seems everything is in upheaval and here comes one more thing is when you really question it. It is at these times that we learn the most and become stronger.

Corporate projects, relationships, family issues, unexpected vacation opportunities, and more. Life often happens when we don’t think we’re ready. Yet that is precisely when we need to move forward.

Life is here to be lived, ready or not.

Getting Unstuck

“I can’t believe this!!” Its 4:30 in the afternoon, I am in the western section of Colorado hours from civilization and I am stuck. Tires spin, mud flies, but forward progress is just a dream.

No problem; I open the back of my SUV to retrieve my shovel, jack, and other recovery gear. Uh –oh, this is not good!! The cargo area is completely empty! I took everything, & I mean everything, out because I shampooed the cargo area. This joyride was just an impromptu trip and wasn’t supposed to be an epic off-road adventure.

We were enjoying the scenic views and found a dirt road and just had to take it.  Now here I am about 2 hours of daylight left,  no recovery tools and stuck. This short fun ride just took a turn for the worse.

At first I became worried about the sun setting and being stuck in the wilderness overnight without provisions. That quickly turned to “I need to get out of here”.  I tried logs, rocks, and finally it was some odd combination that included using all 4 floor mats that finally got me on solid ground.

I love this story because I’ve often found myself stuck in life and bemoaning the situation. It’s not fun, but there’s something about complaining. Maybe it’s the attention, the validation, who knows.

Like the real stuck scenario above, if I would’ve wasted time complaining about being stuck, asking how did this happen, why am I being punished, why did this happen to me, etc. I would’ve been stuck there all night. No food, no water, and no blankets at 10,000 feet would have made me another preventable statistic.

But I didn’t focus on all that useless hyperbole. I focused on getting out! I didn’t make excuses about not having what I needed. I just used everything I could get my hands on, did whatever it took and extracted myself.

Back to the real world……If I would apply that same diligence to the “stucks” in my life, I’d be much further ahead.  That evening in the mountains, my main concern was escaping a freezing night without supplies. In real life, the stakes are just as life changing, just maybe not as apparent. Or we don’t view them as critical as they really are.

For me, it’s time  to look where I’m “stuck” in my life and stop making excuses, stop complaining, and stop wondering why. It’s time to do whatever it takes to move forward and get back on the road of life.