Don Greeson, the creative co-author of our “Finding My Why” books (and one of my best friends in the world) shared this with me. It’s something you should consider as well.
When you’re talking on the phone and someone puts you on hold, does that mean you’re not still on the phone? The person on the other end may no longer be talking to you, but it doesn’t mean you’ve disappeared. You’re just waiting to “get your life back.”
Ironically, at that moment, waiting IS your life. Missing are those things you’d rather be doing, or at least what you would normally be doing. If you have a medical emergency, and the doctor says “while we’re treating this, you’ll have to put your life on hold,” what he really means is that your routine is about to change. No one can really put their life on hold.
We often experience challenges to our routine. In his song Beautiful Boy, John Lennon cleverly wrote “Life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans.”
Some changes in our lives are welcome, others are unfortunate, and we don’t always have the chance to choose what happens. But there are aspects in which we do have choices.
Rather than put your life on hold until you can get back to your routine, consider putting your routine on hold so you can experience something different, maybe even miraculous. Make choices that offer opportunities. Don’t wait until it’s too late to pursue your dream. You may be on hold, but you’re still on the phone…