When a Setback is Preparation for a Comeback

When a Setback is Preparation for a Comeback

If, in our heart, we still cling to anything – anger, anxiety, or possessions – we cannot be free. ~ Thích Nhất Hạnh

When the recession hit a few years ago, a lot of people found themselves struggling to keep the possessions they thought belonged to them. People went without food to try to pay their mortgages and hid cars from the repo man.

I found myself in a similar position when I suffered a financial setback. I thought the $3000 a month condo I lived in was proof of my success. Even when I knew I couldn’t afford it, I fought to keep it. I held on to one of my cars, even after I knew I couldn’t make the payments, and in the end, it was repossessed.

A little voice inside my head—that voice of God that’s always there—told me to let go gracefully. It told me it was time for something new.

Instead of yielding to the voice, I fought. I could’ve turned in the car. I could’ve found a more affordable place to live and moved on my own schedule. Instead, I resisted until those things were taken away from me.

But once those possessions were gone, once I no longer had to spend my days fighting to keep the things I thought made me successful in the eyes of the world, my time and energy were freed up to focus on new opportunities. I started to receive the new jobs, relationships, and contacts I’d missed because I hadn’t made myself available to them.

When you feel like you’re losing something or something is being taken away from you, get still. Listen. What is that voice telling you? Maybe it’s time to let go. Maybe you have to let go of the old to be ready to receive the new.

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