Posted on January 7, 2013
Well the New Year is underway, and I hope it’s off to a good start for you.
I was reading something the other day, and came across a little phrase that I really liked. I was reading a religious magazine, which I often do, to get back on track, or if I am stressed, tired, or feeling anxious, it reassures and relaxes me. Whatever works, for each of us. And that works for me. And as I was reading, a simple sentence jumped out at me right off the page. (The other phrase that jumped out at me and I loved was one that I firmly believe: “A good marriage is the union of two good forgivers”. I firmly believe that forgiveness is essential to any good relationship, whether romantic, familial, or even business, or between 2 friends. Forgiveness is essential).
I don’t know about you, but I question myself a lot, second guess myself at times, I lie in bed at night sometimes and rehash the day, trying to figure out what I did right or wrong. Did I give someone a chance, did I cut them off, did I listen to them thoroughly, was I too opinionated or closed-minded to hear them? Was I fair? Was my decision right? And in relationships, the age old question has haunted me, did I stay too long, did I give it a fair shot, should I have stayed longer, or given up a lot sooner? And probably like a lot of people, I beat myself up, thinking that if I had done things differently, the results might have been better. Did I miss the chance of a lifetime—did I miss the boat??? (Or did I escape a cruise on the Titanic?).
The little phrase I read answered my question. I felt a wave of relief sweep over me, as I read the simple sentence “No one will be allowed to miss the boat”. It was an article that said you can’t be left out, you can’t be deprived of the good life has in store for you, you’re not going to miss your Big Chance. Wow!!! What a fantastically reassuring thought. All the scrambling and thinking I’ve done, the worrying, the planning, the rushing into something so as not to miss a great opportunity, and then there it is “No one will be allowed to miss the boat.” Wow! Wow! Wow!!! I love that…..so I didn’t miss the boat and you didn’t either. The right boat is still sitting there at the dock, waiting for us, whether that is a work opportunity, a relationship, or a person, or even a talent we have that we haven’t developed yet, but would like to do something with. “No one will be allowed to miss the boat”. The ship won’t sail without us. The ones that did weren’t on my itinerary and weren’t meant for me. I find it incredibly reassuring to see that, and believe it. So pack your bags and get ready. YOUR ship is waiting for you, and mine is waiting for me…..and it won’t leave without us. What a great way to start the New Year, knowing that we will be in the right place, at the right time, just when it counts. I hope hearing that makes you feel as good as it made me feel. Our ship is waiting for us——and hopefully we’ll catch that ship, whatever it is for you, this year!!!