Have you ever stopped wondered, “How did I get to where I am and how do I get back on track?” When I was in high school, I had a plan for my life, but it didn’t turn out like I thought. I chose the path of being a stay home mom. It wasn’t easy, there were days that I wondered how I didn’t lose my mind. I worked one or two days every other month at a temporary work service just to get out of the house. The money was usually enough to pay for childcare and maybe something fun
Over the years like many of us, life has had its ups and downs. There have been job layoffs, sicknesses, deaths of close friends and family members. It’s in those moments where we just question everything and we have all the whys and saying, “What is happening with my life and how do I get back on track?”
Back on track
The thing is if we hang in there, things adjust. My husband and I now live in Houston; today is our 36th anniversary. I was born and raised in New Orleans. Yeah baby my birth certificate says New Orleans. My husband has a good job I have a thriving business and a beautiful grandbaby. She is 18 months old, after raising two sons I can say that girls are very different from day one. It’s been a joy to watch
I know I may have told this story before, but I’ll go ahead and repeat it. The story is worth repeating and if someone hasn’t heard the story it could be encouraging for you to not give up when things are tough.
The pastor of the church that we were members preached the Bible story about Joseph and the coat of many colors. Other pastors over the years would tell the story of how he forgave his brothers, but this was different take. What he said was, “Every pit (bad thing that happened) in Joseph’s life was a step up to the next place. Had he never been sold by his brothers; he would’ve never been in a position in Egypt to be able to care for his family during the time of famine. This has been true on so many levels for my life and family. I write about it in my 2nd book Uncluttered: discovering strength and purpose in the chaos of life. Every lesson and situation in life can bring you to the next place.
My life is not perfect, but it is good. Currently I am in a bumpy season. Instead of getting upset (I do cry sometimes) I know this season is getting me ready for the next chapter of my life. I’ve gained new perspectives. Hint, that’s going to be part of focus of my next book. Be sure to be signed up for my newsletters to be able to pre-order a signed copy.
Lisa Giesler, Organizing Consultant, Speaker, Author