“You can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future.” – Steve Jobs
I believe that everything happens for a reason. That every person who enters your life, every chance encounter, every experience, every conversation, every little moment – good or bad, is all meant to be. Each obstacle and every opportunity is all part of a greater purpose, leading you to exactly where you need to be. Whether it is to test us, challenge us, strengthen us or teach us, life only throws us exactly what we can handle, at the exact time we can handle it – or more importantly, exactly when we need it.
But here is the thing, you can’t just “sit” and wish for things to happen or “let” them happen. You need to be an active lead role in your life, saying yes to opportunities as they arise and be open to the possibilities that surround you (ah hm, that includes those moments that scare the crap out of you). It is easy to look back and connect the dots as to how you got to where you are, but as I have become more open and aware the opportunities that surround me I also find myself being able to identify important “dots” as they present themselves. Almost like receiving a gift from the universe directly off of my “wish list”.
When I left my career a few years ago I was given a fresh slate. It was the first time in my life that felt like anything was possible. I could choose to do what I wanted to with my life and connect the dots as I saw fit. The problem was that unlike my childhood, I had no idea what the final image was going to look like once I started to connect those damn dots – and that was terrifying. I still don’t, and I still have moments (probably weekly) when I say to myself “I need to figure this whole thing out”. We are so motivated for the “end result”, whatever it is – instead of being motivated by connecting the dots and seeing where they lead. In those moments of “I need to figure this out” my hub will often remind me to think back to a month ago, 6-months ago, a year ago and realize how many dots have been connected that led me to this point.
You don’t have to have it all figured out. You just need to connect-the-dots that make sense for you. Take an active role by saying yes to opportunities as they arise and be open to all of the possibilities that surround you (ah hm, the “dots”). Every once and awhile, stop and take notice of all of the dots and lines that you have connected and how much your life is taking shape. If you aren’t loving the image that you are creating maybe its time to get out that giant eraser.