disappointment.jpegI was moved by the comment of Samuel Lopez De Victoria on my Psychcentral post, “If You Build It, He Will Come.” I found his tale to be inspiring because I’m facing so many unknowns in my life right now, and it’s becoming clearer that the way I’ve worked for the last 15 years needs to change as my industry evolves. I thought many of you would relate to his story as well.
All of us have setbacks, disappointments, regrouping. Years ago I had a calamity in my life where I lost everything I built for 25 years, both professionally and relationally. I was almost literally close to being in the street. I came close to the precipice of total financial annihilation at least three times after that. I was resentful, angry, and descended into deep sadness. I wandered around almost like a last inhabitant in a world hit by a holocaust wondering “what the hell just happened?”
It was all good. I am so thankful for that juncture in my life. Some of us would call this, as crazy as it seems, a Divine moment where confusion eventually gave way to opportunity and enlightenment. I learned to forgive and regroup. With strength beyond myself, I worked full-time and went to grad school full-time and tried to love my family full-time. I was a maniac trying to balance the “spinning plates.”
Finally, I made it… I’m at a better place of blessing, influence, and joy..
I once prayed for miracles not realizing that for a miracle to happen there has to be a problem or a great difficulty. I’m seeing miracles like I’ve never seen them before. Amazing!
Robert H. Schuller said, “Problems are not stop signs, they are guidelines.”
Enjoy the scenery in your journey!

Originally published on Beyond Blue at Beliefnet.com

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Therese Borchard
I am a writer and chaplain trying to live a simple life in Annapolis, Maryland.

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