Life is not always going to deal you the winningest hand of cards, so having the capability to use those cards to the best of your ability is an important skill to possess. Naturally, we would like for every situation that arises in our lives to work in our favor, but it fortunately does not. Why do you say ‘fortunately,’ Elise? If everything was handed to us on a silver platter, our stories would not be worth telling, much less empowering. We would never learn how it feels to have hard work pay off if we could have everything we wanted. For example, let’s say everything you made a decision to pursue since the age of eighteen went exactly as planned. There are things in your life at this present moment that would not exist if it had not been for some “no’s” along the way.
There are plenty of ways the no’s (old and new) in your life were and will continue to be used for your good. Those no’s have either been the fuel to a lot of fires that have led to your current success or maybe given you the chance to grow by thinking about things differently. Most of the time, when something we thought was going to work out does not, the next opportunity is typically better than the last. Isn’t it funny how that works? Therefore, do not be discouraged when Plan A or Plan B does not pan out. If it is Plan G that finally works, lean something from each of the plans that did not and keep progressing.
All things work together for your good. There will be times when keeping a phrase like that in mind will be more than difficult. If you can, keep an inspirational quote written somewhere to remind yourself everyday that you can handle whatever life throws at you. Even the worst storms end at some point, right? Sometimes, there is even a rainbow!
Make the best of any and every situation, no matter what it looks like on the surface because just below is your victory. –Elise Michaux