You can’t do big things – like live your best life – if you are interrupted by small things. (Live Your Best Life is a phrase coined by Oprah Winfrey)

Living your best life means living a life that makes you happy.

As a young woman I had a desire to help people in need and wanted to get my law degree. My mother planted that seed at an early age by saying “consider being a lawyer – you can argue the hind end off a horse.” Strange analogy…but it stuck.

The opportunity for marriage and motherhood interrupted that programme. Thinking there is a time and season for each chapter of your life, I put a law degree on hold.

Well before that opportunity would be available more than 20 years had passed. Time and money were going in the direction of family needs. This interruption was not conducive to holding on to that specific plan.

The interruption resulted in a change of direction but it didn’t mean I sacrificed my dreams. The dreams simply evolved and looked a little different than I had originally planned.

“The way I see it, if you want the rainbow you have to put up with the rain.”

– Dolly Parton

Allow Interruptions To Morph Your Dreams Not Cancel Them

I still had the aspiration to accomplish something. Something that would fill my longing to make a difference in the lives of people in need. That’s where my career in not-for-profit organizations came to be. I found value making the community I lived in better.

“There is no greater gift you can give or receive than to honour your calling. It’s why you were born. And how you become most truly alive.”

– Oprah Winfrey

Then life changed again.

Another interruption.

In my case, health issues took over my life.

Overcoming that debilitating interruption was not easy.

It was an interruption resulting in a change of direction, but my desire to make a difference in the lives of others was still there.

Getting A Life Back

I have told my family for the past five years, “This is my year to be selfish.”  It never works. Something always gets in the way.

Damn, they did it again! ‘

Drama unfolding, continually. I need to learn how to recognize it’s not my life and not get emotionally involved. It’s hard when you want the best for your loved ones too.

“Don’t get sidetracked by people who are not on track.”

– Rebel Dietitian

Family and personal friends are not the only distractions in your life.

Interruptions that make your dreams fade

  • Listening to people and their ideas of what you should do.
  • Letting busyness take over your ME time.
  • Procrastinating your needs for others.
  • Allowing world events to affect your mental well being.
  • And the biggest one of all, saying yes to everything.

Most of the things that cause distraction have nothing to do with your life at all.

Nothing to do with what you need to fulfill your life and your goals.

You do not want to end up enduring a life that is wasting your time, talents and passion.

What Can You Do To Avoid This Pitfall?

Stay focused about what you want.

Stay excited about what you want.

“By prevailing over all obstacles and distractions, one may unfailingly arrive at his chosen goal or destination.”

– Christopher Columbus

Managing distractions frees you up to be creative and productive and to stay focused in the right direction.

I Didn’t Change My Dream, The Plot Changed

By this time helping people through my blogs became my passion. A chronicle of my life, challenges and survival. Yes, survival of whatever life throws at you. We all have an inherited ability, call it intuition, to know what we need to do to find our Happily Ever After. You have to be willing to do what most people don’t want to do to find it.

To You:

The soul reading this. I know you are tired. You’re fed up. You are close to breaking down. There is strength within you…even when you feel weak. Always keep moving toward your dream. It’s waiting for you. The life you were meant to have.

Recap

When watching your favourite TV show an interruption in programming can happen. The benefits of waiting for the program to come back on in place of changing channels is not constantly wondering how ‘the story ends’.

In life, if you don’t stay tuned to the life you programmed for yourself, you would always wonder ‘what could have been.’

Don’t settle. Regret is a nasty ghost.


“Stay focused, ignore the distractions, and you will accomplish your goals much faster.”

– Joel Osteen
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