Yesterday, I found out that a fully-funded summit I wanted to join had selected its delegates. I felt optimistic about my chances and believed my impactful work over the years would earn me a spot. But the acceptance email never came, leading me to question myself.
People often say that the universe has its plans. It either gives you what you want, protects you from harm, or steers you toward better opportunities. This thought crossed my mind as I wrote in my gratitude journal later that day. This nightly habit “forces” me to focus on the positive aspects of my life. As I listed the good things that happened, I realized the day had more blessings than setbacks. So why wallow in disappointment?
Earlier this year, I faced a huge challenge in one of my life’s supposedly milestones. That experience made me appreciate the saying, “What’s meant for you won’t pass you by.” Reading Richard Carlson’s “Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff” reinforced this perspective. In a chapter about “going with the flow,” Carlson claims that flexibility leads to a relaxed state of mind and opens up wonderful experiences.
I’m someone who sets goals — short-term, medium-term, and long-term. My goals energize me each morning and provide a sense of direction. Yet, perhaps there’s room for adjustment. While it’s important to keep my goals front and center, achieving a fulfilling daily life might require a certain ease in my approach. After all, life often unfolds in unpredictable ways, and a rigid mindset could rob me of the chance to fully engage with it.
So, as I move forward, I plan to combine my goal-oriented nature with a newfound sense of flexibility. This will allow me to adapt when life throws curveballs my way, offering a balanced path to personal growth and daily happiness.