In the last post we discussed the role of suffering and how we can use it to transform our lives. Like you, I don’t enjoy getting challenges, obstacles and failures when I am trying to accomplish something. But I tend to see them as wakeup calls.
In my case, I’ve had some seminal life-changing wake up calls:
- Being in jail for armed robbery at 15
- Having my business seized by the IRS
- Getting diagnosed HIV positive in 2006
- Taking a bullet to the gut
As Cus D’Amato taught Mike Tyson, everyone has a plan until they get punched in the face. Surely you’ve had some pivotal moments that caused you to alter direction and make better choices too. The fascinating question is why so many of us wait until near catastrophe to make these modifications.
What if we took the time to make the introspection and develop the self-awareness to change earlier? What can you decide to change, right now, before a crisis or calamity strikes?
Am I the only one who didn't have any real "pivotal" moments in life. The closest was when an officer in the RAF told me I could not do something in my spare time which I wanted to. It was the straw that broke the camel's back really, but hardly pivotal.