“Occasionally an egg gets cracked. It’s all about what you choose to do with it.”
— Marlene Dillon Empowerment Specialist
Sometimes unexpected problems arise. We don’t know what to do except fall out and ruminate over the problem. I think that the blessing of my life is that I’ve been through so many unexpected turns and twists that now I am trained to look for how I can use this new instance to my advantage.
I’m not saying that I don’t initially get derailed. Honestly, right now, life has me hanging off the rails and part of me wants to give in, and give up. But ultimately I’m not built like that. Maybe it’s the strength in my genes, or maybe it’s the fighters—my ancestors—surrounding me keeping me from giving up. All I know is something within me (or whispering around me) always finds another way to view the situation.
And I don’t mean literal cracked egg situations, although I do it with those, too… most times. I mean, stay-at-home mom with no money of my own, husband doesn’t come home, about to be evicted, makes a plan and cries later type of situations. I mean, school is starting, can’t live in the dorms, can’t afford an apartment, and haven’t applied for one, sleep on an air mattress on friends’ living room floor for months type problems.
Life has not always been kind to me. Most days I think I’m the butt of life’s inside joke. However, I find a way to use life and all it’s bull for good.
If I didn’t, I would have never started blogging. It’s the spins on life situations that come to me that I share here. It’s the alternate perspective of what to do with the mess that falls that has created my blog and podcast.
Things are far from beautiful on my end. At least once a day it feels downright unbearable. But somehow I always get an idea of what to do with the bullsh*t that falls before me. Somehow I am gifted another way to see it. Somehow I find a way to make a meal from life’s cracked eggs. And I hope that you will, too.
It’s okay to get frustrated, sad, angry…. to cry over the parts of life that are unexpected and inconvenient. That’s a human thing to do. And there is value in learning to take the lessons, and blessings, and possibilities from those moments. Honestly, for me, sometimes that’s the only way I can get through them. I have to hold to my core belief that “God loves me too much to make me go through for no reason.” I learned that from my Pastor many years ago and it has kept me to this day. I have seen how some of the most how-is-this-my-life awful down moments have come back to mind to help me support someone else. It’s not always about me, sometimes my testimony is to give encouragement to someone else. I accept that life isn’t always about me and sometimes my lessons are to help someone else. So no matter what happens, I can’t help but find value in it.
Anyway, these words just came to me fresh from a nap. I’m not sure who this is for, and maybe it’s just for me. But I wanted to be honoring of the gift that was placed before me. Blessings to you and yours.
Marlene Dillon Empowerment Specialist
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