Life is full of starts and stops. I was thinking about this the other day as I picked up my home phone to make a call and heard nothing but silence on the other end.
We’d been battling internet/phone service providers, utility line workers and every customer service rep in between for over 3 weeks to no avail. One tech would come out to our house to wire something or other. A few days later another tech (from the same company) would come back out and say that the first guy wired everything wrong. And this back and forth thing went on for weeks. For some reason beyond our control, we were in a holding pattern. Apparently, the control tower and the pilot spoke two different languages, were getting their signals crossed, and no one could figure out how to land the plane safely. Isn’t this just like life sometimes? You’re ready to move forward, but nothing else seems to be aligning.
Ready, set . . . Oops! False start, back to the starting line.
It’s tough when you prepare for something and you know in your heart you’re ready for it, but no matter how hard you try, it just doesn’t seem to be working in your favor. I felt like this recently in my own business when after years of planning and preparing for the “big break”, everything seemed to fizzle out like an old can of soda. I was prepared, no doubt, but just like our recent service battles in my home, for whatever reason, nothing seemed to be working. I had to go back to the starting line and wait for the sound of the starter gun again . . . and that, my friends, really hurt.
So what do you do when things don’t work out the way you’d planned? Well, I for one, did a whole lot of praying and asked GOD a ton of questions. Ultimately, it all boiled down to this:
All we can do is our very best. What appears to be a “holding pattern” could possibly just be GOD clearing the runway for us.
Disappointment is never fun, but a little patience and extra preparation never hurt anyone.
Have an awesome week!
Keep doin’ what you love,