Life is not a long trail that you travel. Life is a Journey filled with lessons, hardships, heartaches, joys, celebrations and special moments that will ultimately lead us to our destination. The road will not always be smooth; in fact, throughout our travels, we will encounter many challenges.
Some challenges will test our courage, strengths, weaknesses, and faith. Sometimes the obstacles will present themselves as blessings in disguise, only we don’t realize it at the time. Others present themselves as obstacles that will come between the paths that we are destined to take.
I am at that crossroad now. I have been graciously selected as the Fitness and Sports Center Director. A long and fancy title just to say, Gym Rat. I believe that my career has come full circle now as I have always wanted this job. It is the reason that I got into the federal service. I was not to go down that path, at least not right away.
When things do not go our way, we have two choices in dealing with the situations. We can focus on the fact that things didn’t go how we had hoped they would and let life pass us by, or two, we can make the best out of the situation and know that these are only temporary setbacks and find the lessons that are to be learned.
Time stops for no one, I always try to look for the positive in every situation, and if we allow ourselves to focus on the negative we might miss out on some really amazing things that life has to offer. I would have missed out on going to Prague, CZ; touring Italy, touring Austria, canoeing down the Bartahatchie river. Although we cannot bring back the past, we can take the lessons that we have learned from the past and use those experiences to move forward and upward.
In the military setting, you can find yourself moving quite frequently. Even if it is only job to job. The people that you meet in each setting end up making a lasting impression not only in our lives, but in our hearts as well.
People come and go so quickly, but once in awhile, that one special person will stay in our hearts forever not matter what. Memories of things and the certain people that we have met are priceless treasures that we can cherish forever in our hearts. These memories allow us to continue on our journey as we continue the story of our lives. I do not have any regrets from the path that I took. At one time I was a very negative and sour person. Even as a married person, I found myself thinking not highly of people. It took a very special situation to turn that around.
Everything that happens to us in our lifetime happens for a reason and is not under your control. God has plans for you. Sometimes to do the things you want, and other times to do things he wants you to do. Sometimes that means we must experience heartaches in order to experience joy.
“I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” -Phil 4:13, Bible
“You cannot negotiate the price of success, you can only pay it. For success only comes from doing whatever you have to do, for as long as you have to do it, until you succeed.” -Stanley Armstrong