Last week, someone said something to me that I have found challenging to process. Then, I met with my accountability partner and our discussion put things into perspective. I’ve come to 2 realizations:
Do not let the linear thinking of others determine your personal path
One of my closet friends told me that I should either stay in the house I was in or find another house some place else that I could afford; but foremost, to let go of my dream to live on water. I’ve been trying for a few years to make my dream a reality and so far it hasn’t come to fruition. I’ve tried different Realtors, explored diverse waterfront areas, and of course, been in close contact with my mortgage guy. But the one thing I haven’t done, is accept that my dream will never come to fruition. Maybe now isn’t the right time. Maybe I need to focus on other areas of my life. My journey, my path, is mine and mine alone. It may not be the shortest distance between two points (i.e. a straight line). It may meander at times. It may even have to take a detour every now and again. But it’s mine and I own it, where ever it goes. Besides, when you let go of your dreams, doesn’t part of you die? Which brings me to my second point:
Embrace what you cannot change, until you can
Yes, the house thing hasn’t worked out for me–yet. So, in the interim, I’m going to continue making improvements to my current home. I’m going to work on building my business. I’ll keep an eye on the housing market. And from time to time, I’ll look at listings to keep my finger on the pulse of the real estate market. But what I will not do, is give up.
What my accountability partner pointed out to me was that some people think in a straight line. There’s nothing wrong with that. But that kind of thinking isn’t for everyone. And we creative types don’t tend to be of that mindset. See, while I was envisioning my dream house on the water, I was also building a business. Creating my first proposal for a health care start-up. Developing a forum for my writing, via this blog. I even started going back to the gym– spin classes and 30 minutes worth of laps at the gym pool–woo hoo!
One day, I’ll have my house on the water. I don’t know when. I’m not even sure where, I just know that it will happen–primarily because it is a desire of my heart and I believe God when He said He’d deliver. And yes, I’ll still invite my friend over for the house-warming party.