What happens when sh*t (literally) happens?
I had a most excellent plan to get 9 hours of sleep last night. That didn’t happen. Instead, I had a bit of a late night adventure with #RebeltheLab. And yes, it involved poop. (If only for sheer Monday morning entertainment, it’s worth watching the video below for the details).
That got me to thinking, what do we do when sh*t happens? What’s the best way to handle the twists and turns of life when they don’t go according to plan?
Now, I am as good as any at throwing a pity party and raging at the reality of what has happened. Clearly, part of me thinks that, some day, I’m actually going to win this battle. But, when a situation involves actual poop, even I tend to get more practical and think of ways to move myself forward.
So today’s post is about dealing with the unexpected and the unwanted.
The question I want to ask is: How do you handle an unfortunate turn of events?
I’ve noticed that so many of us spend A LOT of time and energy fighting the reality of what is or has occurred. And it’s easy to get lost in that space – especially when the reality is sh*tty, tragic, and heartbreakingly horrific.
If only we could be Cher and turn back time, or make like God and change it all, things would be different.
Except, that isn’t how it works. In fact, Cher couldn’t even do it. And sadly, we’re not God – at least, not in that way. We do not serve ourselves, our purpose, or the world when we get caught in those mind games.
If you are like me, when you do get stuck in that place, you feel all helpless, rage-y and generally angry at life.
What is the answer then?
Well, what if we asked what we could do to support ourselves GIVEN that XYZ has occurred?
What if we embraced our free will and asked how we want to move forward GIVEN that poop has rained down upon us?
When this plays out in a literal sense, the answer can be something as simple as a shower and an extra hour’s sleep.
And of course, sometimes the path forward is more complex.
Either way, when we accept that sh*t DOES happen (note: different than resigning ourselves to it), we claim our ability to arrive at and BE the solution.
So which path do you choose? What battles do you want to fight? How you will you make use of your free will to shape your experience of life’s twists and turns?
As always, if you are interested in learning more of how to own your free will, claim your freedom and live a life of joy, passion and purpose, contact me! XOXO