Peace Perspective: IX Crooked Path

Happy Sunday Friends! Here’s a little slice of perspective for you.

Peace Perspective 9Have you ever hoped and planned for something, only to have it cancelled? Or applied for a job, visualized how awesome your life will be with that job, and then not get a second interview? What about finding yourself jealous of someone’s job as a manager of anything with a significant other and thought “why can’t I have that?”

Because you’re not supposed to have it! At least not at this time in this way. Things aren’t always going to be perfect. There will be set backs. And that’s the way it is supposed to be. We have to learn from what doesn’t go the way we hoped, and figure out if its something worth really fighting for, or if we need to find something else that is better for us.

I can think of a few things over the last couple years that I’ve wanted and didn’t get. And at the time, I was ticked. I wanted something, I didn’t understand why I didn’t “deserve” it. But in reality, it wasn’t meant to be. Other things are out there that are better for me.

Is there something you didn’t get that you want? A point when you thought you were lost only to realize you were on a better path?


  1. So true. I’m always thinking two steps ahead and I’m guilty of not enjoying the moment. I agree everything happens for a reason. Looking back, you can why things happened the way they did, but in the moment it doesn’t make sense.

  2. Definitely! This has happened to me at two really critical junctures in my life. The first one was close to a decade ago when I was trying to decide where to go to college. I had my eye on a dream school, and I was overjoyed when I got in. Little did I know it, circumstances prevented me from going there. I was upset about it for much of my freshman year. Fast forward three years later, and I actually interviewed for a research job at that school. While I was there, something hit me – I thought that school was the PERFECT place for me and that I’d settled by choosing the place that I did, but I realized that I was at the right place all along. It just took an unwelcome push to get me there. Now, I try hard not to look too far ahead because you never know how one choice may change your life, even if you think it’s negative in the moment. I’m actually going to write about this in more detail myself, so I like the way you think! 🙂

  3. Yes, I can totally relate to this! I completely believe in that quote– the “crooked path” is what makes life interesting and makes us stronger. I also heard this quote once– “If a train doesn’t stop at your station, then maybe its not your train”. For me, learning how to gracefully accept setbacks and appreciate finding a new path has been imperative for me growing to be a happier human. 🙂 Great post.

    1. Oooo I love the train analogy! I can hear myself being a brat and saying “well I bought a ticket for that darn train so I want on it!” but I am trying to let go of expectations and just let things happen as they should.

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