We live in a world full of setbacks. I have to continually remind myself of that. Lately, i have to keep looking into my mirror, square into my own face and say aloud sternly, to no one but me…
“There is no experience uncommon to man. Deal with it!”
I may feel alone in this…but the truth is i am not. There are many, many people every single day that deal with setbacks in their personal lives….in the lives of their loved ones…in their careers…with their finances…with their health…their goals…and on and on it goes.
My kid experienced a setback yesterday. After a hurried morning dealing with big choices and gathering important information he speed out the door, rushing to beat the clock at work, only to find a flat tire on his vehicle. SET BACK. Wasn’t in his plan.
Having no great advice for him other than, “Pump it up and go…maybe you’ll make it to work.” He looked at me and stammered perfect words from the heart, “I don’t have time for this.”
I watched as he pulled away, only to turn and find he left his cell phone on the deck. “Welp, that’s gonna stink if he can’t make the 40-minute drive.” I thought to myself.
My kid was learning about setbacks…and detours…and interruptions…and twists and turns in the road of life. He was experiencing the first-hand frustrations of plans that went AWAL and schedules that weren’t gonna be met. He was feeling the pressures of disappointment and the “ouch” of change. I absolutely, positively LOVE his response, “I don’t have time for this.”
Actually, he may have heard those words from my mouth on more than one occasion in the past 5 months. Seems to me, i could have uttered something like that under my breathe a few times, as i lay in my concussion position on the couch in our living room. It does sounds vaguely familiar…”I don’t have time for this.”
Hmmmm….i guess “not having time for this” doesn’t exempt me from life’s little interruptions…or my journeys big roadblocks…or my biographies detours. I guess “like it or not” i will walk on paths that i didn’t foresee. Along lanes that i never imagined. Up winding, hilly, rocky roads…. that will eventually lead me home.