“Life isn’t a science. We make it up as we go along.”
So how are YOUR creative story-telling skills?
I believe that this quote rings true with many of us in these times of uncertainty and radical change. The thinking instilled in our younger selves about the way life would work just does not fit that well nowadays. Those clear and always ascending life paths of relationship, marriage, career, family, accomplishments, community, and retirement seem sometimes rather quaint.
Our lives as we thought they would be appear as images viewed through a dim and murky lens. Our lives as we are living them seem unpredictable and fraught with more challenge than we expected to face. Get real … our parents faced uncertainty, doubt, and difficulties. We just did not notice, in many cases.
Here’s a comforting thought if you are thinking that I’m all “doom and gloom” this bright fall weekend morning: We do have some options here.
Not having a reliable map into tomorrow gives us three options:
1) “When in trouble, when in doubt, run and holler, scream and shout”
An energizing, if not productive option when I first heard it as a raw recruit a few years ago and just as possible to do now.
Just like political parties do, we can catastrophize about what is about to happen, might happen, or that we can even imagine as possibly happening … someday, somewhere, maybe.
If nothing else, this creates nervous energy, but we seldom make positive use of all the jitters.
2) “Mill about, Mill”
In other words, just wait for it.
You have to imagine this said in my best drill sergeant tone, barked in that flat and perfectly clear military communication known as command voice.
Just flutter around in place and tomorrow will find you, sooner or later. Forget about plans and action. Just wait for that proverbial other shoe to whack you in the head.
A comforting stance … until the shoe comes hurtling out of the sky without warning.
3) “… aaaandddddddd Action!”
Write your own story.
You are the scriptwriter, the director, and the star of your own show … own it.
This is the hard, positive, and effective option. Life has always been unpredictable and challenging.
Accept this and roll on … whatever happens, you will feel better about yourself.
Deciding whether I am the action star, romantic lead, or comic relief in my own little epic in the Heartland ….