How to Know When Crisis Opens Doors
Did you know that J.K. Rowling, the author of the Harry Potter series was an unemployed, single mother living on state benefits? She was only 5 years prior to becoming Britain’s best-selling living author.
While giving a commencement speech at Harvard in 2008, she said, “The fears that my parents had for my life, and that I had for myself had both come to pass. By every usual standard, I was the biggest failure I knew.”
I bring this up because sometimes our experiences of adversity or crisis propel us into living our best lives. These lives are aligned with our truth and desires.
For me, if my husband had never read my journals at all, my life would be very different today. It would have been the same as what I call my “Before Divorce” or B.D. life. There is no doubt that I would have stayed stuck in my marriage. The two books that I have written would never have come to be. My successful coaching practice would not exist. Surely, I would not be sharing my story on stage before thousands of others to help on a regular basis. That crisis opened the door to everything else that has happened since. A lot of what has happened has been wonderful.
As you think about your own jump, consider this:
Wikipedia has a fascinating entry under the term “graceful exit.” The name of the computer program that “detects a serious error condition. The program helps the error ‘exit gracefully’ in a controlled manner as a result.” Wikipedia goes on to say that the “code for a graceful exit exists for when the only other option is to allow the error to go undetected and unhandled. The error would then produce serious errors or later anomalous behavior. An error like this would be more difficult for the webmaster to debug.”
What a metaphor for the graceful exit after a jump in life!
Remember, it’s never too late to inhabit the life you truly long to live! What crisis are you willing to honor, that brought you to this moment and is now opening doors for you? It is important to learn how to know when crisis opens doors to pave a new way for your life.