I seldom end up where I wanted to go, but almost always end up where I need to be. -Douglas Adams
Wow, this is so simple yet so profound. Most of the time, we try to steer our lives in the direction we think will fulfill our goals and desires. There are many circumstances and events that may change the course of “where we want to go.” Following our dreams and passions is fundamental to finding happiness and satisfaction in life, but what happens when we end up where we don’t want to be? What about all the energy invested? What would we tell others now? What are we supposed to do in this new and unexpected destination?
Life is unpredictable in many ways and in spite our strategic plans, we often end up in a different place we dreamed about. When this happens, I ask myself: How did I get here and why is this a better place (or not) than the one I previously envisioned? How has this “new” destination become a blessing or a curse? What have I learned? Am I happy?
I find much comfort and peace in this verse from the Bible. “For surely I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord, plans for your welfare and not for harm, to give you a future filled with hope (Jeremiah 29:11).”