Posted by Howe Q. Wallace on Sunday, May 1st, 2022
“I’m trying to make the best of it.”
Things happen that we didn’t want to happen. Such circumstances can be very big or minor. Illnesses, loss of loved ones. Financial setbacks. Name it. They can go on and on.
“Trying to make the best of it” sounds less than fully committed to me. It has an echo of regret – “I wish that this hadn’t happened.” It has a hint of uncertainty – “I’m not sure what to do next.” It has a note of grief – “I am immobilized because of my pain.”
I’m a believer in the “next play.” Despite what has happened, it’s most effective to have a mindset that says I am going to deal with what’s in front of me right now in the strongest, best, most committed way that I can. The last play is over, I can’t do anything about it. It’s time for the “next play.”
This thought process sent me to the bookshelf. I read a book some years back called Synchronicity by Joe Jaworski. There was a quote in the book that hung over my desk for a while.
“Until one is committed, there is hesitancy, the chance to draw back, always ineffectiveness.”
Concerning all acts of initiative (and creation) there is one elementary truth, the ignorance of which kills countless ideas and splendid plans:
That the moment one commits oneself, then providence moves too.
“All sorts of things occur to help one that would never otherwise have occurred. A whole stream of events issues from the decision, raising in one’s favor all manner of unforeseen incidents and meetings and material assistance, which no man could have dreamed would have come his way.” – W.N. Murray
One definition of providence is timely preparations for future eventualities. Others include the notion that God and nature have a way of providing care.
Murray believes that acting, with a firm commitment, to deal with the things that are in front of us invites providence to join in. I have years of such results I could share, so I recommend action -wholehearted action – to meet your challenges. You’ll be surprised at what can come your way.