About Face

Have you ever had it happened when you are going through life minding your own business and all of a sudden your plans take an about face? Unexpected turns come up all the time and it can throw us for a loop, but the thrill of knowing adventure awaits tempers the change that inevitably comes.

We often fear the unknown because we can’t control it. Control gives us a sense of security, but when we actually think about it there is not much that we have control over. The unknown future really isn’t unknown. We have to trust that the experiences that have shaped us through life have in fact prepared us for what is ahead, even though we can’t anticipate everything that will happen. 

An “about face” simply means a new direction. A new direction holds so much potential. Potential means there’s a reasonable chance of success...and that’s what we’re looking for right? We don’t want to take chances unless we believe we can succeed, but failure all depends on how you look at it. If we don't see anything in life as a failure, then we have learned something.

I think when it comes down to it, the regret will lie not in making a change or taking a chance, but in sitting on the fence and wondering what it would be like to get off on one side or the other. For after all, “life is a canvas, not a tightrope to walk on.”