Amy Rees Anderson

“When something goes wrong in your life, just yell “Plot Twist” and move on.”

“When something goes wrong in your life, just yell “Plot Twist” and move on.”

We’ve all experienced times when our best laid plans are interrupted with some unexpected twist that completely changes everything. It can happen with major life situations like losing a job or having a relationship unexpectedly end, or it can happen with the smallest of situations like rain on a day you had a picnic planned. So when that happens what can you do?

Well first let’s acknowledge the fact that falling apart over it won’t change anything. And stewing about it won’t either. Although it can be seriously tempted to do both. But you have to resist the urge to go down that track. Instead you have to acknowledge to yourself the fact that “This just happened.” Recognize is it not what you wanted and not what you planned, but it is definitely happening and so you now need to face that a new reality has replaced your old one. Resist the urge to look back. That doesn’t exist anymore. Acknowledge that this new reality is what you must accept and deal with so we are going to start our thought process from this point forward.

Next try and look at things with the proper perspective. Don’t become overwhelmed thinking the world is ending…it’s not nearly that bad. This is one moment in time, not your entire life, and as big as it may seem right now there will come a point when you look back and be surprised you didn’t see that in the moment.

Look for the good in this new situation. There is a positive spin to every bad thing in life. A lesson to be learned. A take-away that improves us. Could this be opening the way for an even better option that you just didn’t realize was available before? Could this be teaching you something that is going to make you even smarter and more successful in the future? Could this be pushing you out of your comfort zone to try something you would have been too fearful to attempt if not forced? Find the good – it is always there if you look hard enough.

Find the humor in every “Plot Twist” that happens. When you can learn to laugh about things it can make everything seem better and it can make every burden feel lighter. Laughter and a hug can make every situation a heck of a lot easier to handle…always.

It was my darling daughter Ashley who shared the quote shared in today’s blog with me. She is someone who lives exactly what the quote suggests. When life throws her a curve ball she always find the positive in the new situation and charges ahead as if it the best thing that ever happened to her. I am grateful for her example in my life.

Tomorrow is the start of a brand new week, and most likely our best laid plans will be subject to one or more “Plot Twists” that we don’t expect, but this week let’s start the week thinking of our plans as loose guidelines with the expectation that any changes that come are simply taking us in a much better direction than we could ever have planned ourselves….have faith 🙂

~Amy

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