How To Survive Life's Unwanted Plot Twists

21 March 2017 Written by 

Today, a family member who is a higher level executive with one of the largest retailers in the world, was laid off due to budget cuts. This can knock the wind out of one’s sails! “What just happened?!” It’s a plot twist.

I am reminded that life is unfolding exactly as it should. That my journey is planned – every step of it. That everything teaches me something on my spiritual journey – there are no mistakes. What is happening today is just a new chapter in my adventure story.

Life is like a river; sometimes peaceful, sometimes raging. I am along for the ride. It’s up to me to keep my head in the right space, knowing that there is a plan that has been written specifically for me. It’s all going to be okay. My ruffled feathers will soon be smoothed again.

Acceptance is the key.

I will close this blog today with a quote from another friend’s Facebook post on this very same day, as she leaves her position as a clinical social worker and program director to begin her new adventure. I loved and cherished her beautiful words:

It is with a heart full of gratitude, humility, and an abundance of bittersweetness that I bid farewell on Friday, after 11.5 years of sheer adventure! How does one “leave” a place, a vessel that has provided so much richness of experience, challenge, scrappy resolve to make the most out of very little? An entity that is far from perfect, but within it dwells the most fierce, talented, beautifully-flawed, yet blooming humans [children, families, and employees alike]…? My answer: I don’t! I am inextricably connected, with no regrets, lots of extra gray hairs, some intermittent nervous twitches, and a LIFETIME of hope, pride, a hearty cackle and deep, abiding sense of connectedness!

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Amy T.

Raised on a dairy farm in upstate NY, I learned to work hard along with my five siblings. I grew up in a very conservative Mennonite-Amish church which shaped a lot of my fundamental core values and beliefs. After moving to Florida to attend college, I married and became mother to five children. Eventually, my unmanageable life came to a crashing halt and I found my way into an Al-Anon recovery program. Recovery has affected every area of my life and I love sharing the things I am learning with others so that they might also find hope for their own recovery.
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