It is the broken road with pitfalls and sharp turns and unexpected traverses that has brought me joy and adventure. – Alice Walker
In midlife, we often begin to reflect on the life we’ve lived thus far. We are often faced with the question, “What’s next?”
Perhaps before we ask “what’s next” we might spend time some time in review of our broken road. As we reflect, particularly, on the moments of pain – the pitfalls and sharp turns – hindsight can bring new awarenesses of the positives that came from the negative.
The work I do – and thoroughly enjoy – and am quite good at – today would have never been possible without what I fondly refer to as my “Five Years of Failure” (2010-2015). I had three jobs where, in hindsight I realize, I made too many decisions rooted more in fear than acting proactively from a position of confidence and strength.
By embracing and owning my part in the pitfalls of those five years, I can let go of regret. And in letting go of regret, I can utilize the skills and experiences to offer much more to my clients.
In my broken road, I found joy.
How about you? Do you have an event or experience that you’ve always considered a negative that, if you reflect again, might be the root of today’s joy?