Did you know that J.K. Rowling, the author of the Harry Potter series was an unemployed, single mother living on state benefits only 5 years prior to becoming Britain’s best-selling living author?
In a commencement speech at Harvard she said “The fears that my parents had had for me, and that I had had for myself, had both come to pass, and by every usual standard, I was the biggest failure I knew.”
I bring this up because sometimes our experiences of adversity or crisis propel us into living our best lives, aligned with our truth and desires.
For me, if my husband had never read my journals at all—wow, my life would be very different today. Actually, it would have been the same as what I call my “Before Divorce” or B.D. life. I have no doubt that I would have stayed stuck in my marriage. I wouldn’t have written two books, I wouldn’t have a successful coaching practice, and I wouldn’t be sharing my story on stage before thousands to help others on a regular basis. That crisis opened the door to everything else that has happened since, and a lot of what has happened has been wonderful.
As you think about your own jump, consider this:
Wikipedia has a fascinating entry under the term “graceful exit.” Apparently, this is the name of a computer program that “detects a serious error condition and ‘exits gracefully’ in a controlled manner as a result.” Wikipedia goes on to say that “code for a graceful exit exists when the alternative—allowing the error to go undetected and unhandled—would produce serious errors or later anomalous behavior that would be more difficult for the programmer to debug.”
What a metaphor for the graceful exit after a jump in life!
Remember, it’s never too late to inhabit the life you truly long to live! What crisis are you willing to honor, that brought you to this moment and is now opening doors for you?