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The Unexpected Change in the Road

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The Unexpected Change in the Road


Unexpected Change in Road

This week marks my first as a single father of two kiddos.  I now look out on uncharted land

I didn't expect this

Certainly a twist in the road I did not plan for


Looking back on our lives reminds us of all the great surprises littered throughout

By their very nature, unplanned for


So the choice is ours
     We can crash and burn from this twist in the road

Or we can go see what's around the corner

     We can question and doubt ourselves

Or we can question and challenge ourselves

     We can GO through it

Or we can GROW through it

grow into your bucket list life

"But the work is going to be very uncomfortable!"

Yes, and so is doing nothing, giving up, and quitting on yourself

How uncomfortable is that?


The wonderful David Wood is fond of saying that being comfortable at being uncomfortable is a secret to living a Kick Ass Life

Unexpected forks in the road are always uncomfortable

We can choose to be overwhelmed

Or we can 'Ride the Surprise' and see what life offers up


Here is one of my all time favorite stories about surprising turns in the road:

Days this special didn't come around often in this small Greek village

Most of the town had gathered to honor one of it's favorites

On a day, long awaited

Going back to the beginning, Captain Antonio had fished this ocean bay his whole life

As a child, tourists paid him to dive to the bottom and bring up an oyster.  $10 for a chance at a pearl straight from the Mother Ocean.  The tourists didn't need to know that Antonio and his brother dumped fresh oysters into the bay every night.  $10 for a 40 pound bag from the local fish market seemed like a good investment

With the money he made casting fishing nets from the shore as a teenager, Antonio bought his first boat

Well, it had the body of a boat anyway, one paddle and a hole where a sail was supposed to go

But it was his

And he sailed 'Charlotte' for 14 years.  His next boat, twice as big and twice as fast, lasted him 30 more years

Antonio's boat was dwarfed by the really large fishing boats

Those many years, Captain Antonio watched the enormous ships with great admiration.  He dreamed of piloting one of his own.  And spent his life planning and saving for one

Today, his dream is coming true

This very moment his new ship is sailing across the bay.  His friends and family are celebrating with him at his home over-looking the moonlit ocean

Cheers and laughter everywhere!

With a final phone call to the ship asking to begin the maiden voyage across the bay, Antonio gathered everyone's attention to watch the event

At once, the large crowd cheered the boat as it sailed into view.  

Shouts of 'Antonio!', 'Hooray!', 'It's beautiful!' filled the air

30 seconds into the cheering a loud 'Thud' was heard over the celebration

Then two more

Sirens filled the harbor as people on the boat streamed out and into the water.  Fire ignited the back of the boat as it started to fall to one side

Silence gripped Antonio's celebration as the massive boat lurched up one last time ... and sank into the darkness

After a very long moment, Antonio let out a deep breath and laughed very lightly to himself.  Complete silence from everyone, until a small girl approached him

"I don't understand.  You spent your whole life dreaming of that boat.  All of your money and time.  How can you laugh?"

"You are right, my child.  All the time I had for dreaming, I spent on this.  All the money I had to make a dream come true, I spent on this.  Now that that dream is over,...

think of the possibilities.  

Think of the possibilities."


So for all of us facing an unexpected turn in the road, let's take a deep breath together and take our first uncomfortable steps into the unknown

They say a broken bone comes back stronger than before

Now we'll find out how strong we really are


Are you at an unexpected fork in the road?  Please share it below...

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