When life throws you a curve ball, swing the bat, don't just stand there expecting for things to change
Life is a very unpredictable, but I am sure that’s something you already know and had experienced. One day everything is going great – you have a good high paying job, abundance of food on your table, roof over your head, and next day things change unexpectedly, without any warnings, and things get tougher, much tougher. Perhaps there are layoffs and once “secure” job is no longer so secure, or unexpected expenses are encountered along life’s journey, which naturally impact an existing lifestyle and financial situation of everyone involved. So, what do you do? Do you choose to pretend that nothing is happening and that everything is great, even though you know it’s not the case, or do you make necessary adjustments in your personal and often professional lives and compromise?
Well, if you choose to maintain the status quo and make no adjustments to improve your situation and compromise, expecting for things to someone change for a better on their own, you will quickly realize that status quo route was not the right choice. Something must change – your habits, your lifestyle must change when life gets more difficult in order to keep moving forward navigating your way through life’s temporary challenges. And yes, change may be difficult, especially if you must temporarily change your lifestyle and likely downgrade your expectations. However, such actions are necessary. For example, you may be required to sell your family home, because, you are unable to make mortgage payments, or to take one of your vehicles back to the bank, because, you are unable to make car loan payments. Are any of these examples mentioned say “End of the world?” No, of course not. All they are saying that you must be flexible and learn to compromise when situation calls for it. So, yes, you may have to move in with your parent or lease a less expensive house or apartment, but so what? You still have a place to live and roof over your head. Having less space or less square footage while you are figuring things out in your life is ok. Eventually, life will take an upward direction towards improvement once again, and your life will change as a result. But, because you were able to compromise and adjust when it was necessary, you did not create any unnecessary financial and emotional strain on yourself and those around you. Same goes for our wants, habits, and desires. When we used to go out to eat every day, spending a lot of money on thins that we don’t really need, like excessive amount of clothes, shoes, or other items, and then having to cut back when our financial situation changes, and not in a positive way, this can be difficult but certainly possible. You can transition from going out and eating out every day to preparing meals at home, it’s much cheaper and in many cases much healthier. Also, you can opt-into purchasing non-organic produce in grocery stores, or off-brand clothes and shoes, which should be much cheaper than those that carry a brand name label. Again, it’s all about compromise and the need to make necessary adjustments in our lifestyle and what we do every day if/when we experience turbulent times in our life.
It important to always remember that just like in a case of a rollercoaster, after a downward descent there’s always an upward lift. Therefore, once life takes an upward direction again and again, you have a freedom and a choice to adjust your lifestyle in relation to your abilities at any give time. Compromise be flexible, positively-focused, and make necessary adjustments in your life when appropriate. You cannot expect for things to change or improve when you choose to stand still and take no actin to change your present.
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