Be Grateful For This If Nothing Else!

Everyday each one of us can look back on our lives and be grateful for at least this one thing…

More than once a day I think of some scenario in the past… something that I might have really, really, really wanted but did not come to be for whatever reason, and now, looking back all I can do is say to myself, “thank god I dodged that bullet!”

In 2006 and 2007, my focus was to move across the country and change jobs. At the time, I was certain that was exactly what I wanted and it was all that I thought about as I was convinced that it would have made me happy. I applied for job after job, interviewed, was even house shopping but it never came together for me. Looking back now, I can see that it would have been one of the greatest mistakes in my life and if it had happened I would probably be more miserable than I could have ever imagined.

Thankfully I dodged that bullet!

What we want and what we need in this life are often two different things. Think about the bullets that you have dodged yourself, the things that you so desperately wanted to have happen that never happened. Now imagine what you life might be like today if they had? I can bet that in nearly every one of those cases you can see that where you are now and how things unfolded for you is more preferable than if things have gone “your way.”

The same goes for my coaching business right now. It is tough building a business and I cannot guarantee that a year from now or even two years from now, that this is what I will be doing to make a living. I am a long ways from having the number of clients that I want to have, and my website, though the content is growing at an exponential rate is not getting NEARLY the traffic that I would like. (My running site, which I might only write one article for a week gets more traffic.) My success and my vision for this have yet to be seen and it all just might not happen for me. It doesn’t mean I am going to quit trying though.

But at the same time it has opened other doors for me and I have been presented with other opportunities; Opportunities that might take me in directions that I would have never considered, and in the end could be even more rewarding, personally, spiritually, and even monetarily. Someday I might look back at these two years or more of work and be grateful it didn’t pan out, and end up saying to myself, “thank god I dodged THAT bullet.”

I hope that is not the case but if it is I am prepared for it.

So today, I challenge you to sit and take a look at were you are and first be grateful for what you have done and what you have achieved. Secondly, I ask that you take an honest look at the things that did not come to be as you have wished and see how those were actually good things and be grateful for that as well. Look at the bullets that you have dodged, breathe a sigh of relief, and truly be thankful.

Can you name some things in the past that you are grateful for that did not work out? Are there any “unanswered prayers” that have worked out for you in the end? Please share them as I would love to hear about them.

Andy Wooten M.A. Counseling – Certified Life Coach – Aspen, Colorado

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