Laid Off. New Business. Slow Dancing.

I was on Facebook the other day, scrolling through posts, when I came across the following share from a college friend:

Laid off due to strategy shifts. Starting my own business. Slow dancing with my 5 month old baby to Pachelbel. This is where I am supposed to be. #sograteful

The elegance of this share melted my heart. The energy of it almost knocked me over. Each statement brings with it a lifetime of feelings, emotions, experiences, time spent, energy given … life lived.

When I read this share, I put myself exactly in her shoes. I knew what she was talking about because I had experienced it, too. Maybe not all at the same time, yet I have felt all of those emotions too. And the hashtag? Perfection.

So. Grateful.

There truly is no other way to describe it other than “so grateful”.

Grateful for all of the experiences, all of the feelings. Being laid off is probably one of the most challenges experiences to endure (and eventually, thrive in). Starting your own business is such an extension of your heart, that every up and down is magnified by a million. Slow dancing with your infant child on a day you were “supposed to be” working? That speaks and feels volumes.

The elegance of this post really impacted me.

The truth is, we never know what’s around the corner. Never. We could work our butts off for a company and then be laid off due to “strategy shifts” (and oh, excuse me, but WTF does that mean?). We could go all in to dreaming about and starting a business, and then a child comes into your life and you begin to question everything. Yet, I feel the immense gratitude for … all of it.

In her post, I saw my own journey; I saw my Truth. Throughout it all, I’ve developed a steadfast, unwavering faith in my own path. I’ve cemented it into my bones that every step is exactly where I am meant to be and exactly what I am meant to experience.

I learned to trust my path.

You simply never know what’s going to unfold next. You can fight it, angst over it, imagine the worst … or, you can choose to trust that no matter what happens, you are ready for it (whether you know it or not).

Oh, and Pachelbel’s Cannon D was the song I walked down the aisle to. Lifetimes lived in the elegant words of a vulnerable Facebook share.

Trusting your Path is the biggest gift you can give yourself. Today, in this moment, no matter what you are experiencing, it is right where you are supposed to be.

And you are so ready for it.


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