“We must be willing to get rid of the life we’ve planned
so as to have the life that is waiting for us.” –Joseph Campbell
I wasn’t familiar with the author Joseph Campbell and I had never heard this quote until I heard it on an episode of the TV show Criminal Minds. When I heard the quote, I looked it up and read it. It was then that my life as I now know it made sense. I was and am so thankful for the doors God closed (the life I had planned) and the doors He opened (the life that was waiting) for me. It was I who had to choose to walk through those doors and accept the changes that were to come.
I say this because the life I was leading and had planned for myself at the age of 42 was totally different life than the life I have now. It’s funny because the life I have now, despite the MS, is the life I had wanted for myself, but it wasn’t happening. I was holding on to dreams, people and places that weren’t going to get me to where I needed or wanted to be. It was only when I let go and trusted God that my life started to change and be what I had wanted and dreamed it to be.
Now I have a wonderful life: a husband I adore and who adores me, great family and friends, two awesome cats, a beautiful home and other incredible things I get to see and do, even with MS. I couldn’t ask for more. Is it perfect? No, nothing is perfect, but it is as close to perfection as I could ever hope or ask for, even with the challenges of MS.
So I ask you, are you holding on to the life you planned? Is that life keeping you from the wonderful life and things that are waiting for you?