You might think that all turning points in life should be monumental moments that flip your world upside-down and cause you to panic. And some are just that.
For instance, your man just left you for another woman. Now what? Or maybe you just lost your job, so what’s next?
Not all turning points and life events equal.
You may notice at times you will go along your merry way, and gradually realize you’ve reached a crossroads.
You might even ask yourself, “How did I get to this place?” Or, “Where do I go from here?”
In any case, it’s that moment of truth you can no longer ignore, regardless of how you got there. Still, your approach to turning points can create a mess in your life, or it can be just the miracle you needed.
It might seem like a crisis or t can teach you how to change, so you can meet it squarely and calmly, coming out on the other side better than before. The choice is yours to make.
What does it mean to reach a turning point?
A turning point happens when something changes direction, and it causes you to make a choice. It’s the moment you decide that you need to make a shift and respond differently.
You might look back on your life and recognize many pivotal moments. At times like these, you can no longer disregard the knot in your stomach or the ache in your heart.But, on n the other hand, it could be that you’re feeling a powerful calling that there is something bigger and better waiting for you.
Turning points give you the possibility to make a change. And, when you do, everything suddenly falls into place.
Some turning points are staggering experiences; others are teaching moments, and if you’re lucky, some lead you to fulfill your purpose in life.
Turning points are often scary.
Even terrifying — especially when they come out of the blue. But even if you expect a significant change in your life, there can be lots of uncertainty that comes along with it.
Like any critical life transition, it can be power-packed with everything from fear to anxiety, pain, and grief, overwhelm, and lack of confidence.
But humans are born to be resilient and weather these life storms.
So long as you make a conscious choice to look change in the eye and say, “I’ve got this!” Even amid super-charged emotions, you can learn to quiet your thoughts, your intuition will help you find your way.
It’s easier when you surround yourself with people you trust, so you are not taking the journey alone. Find people who have been through tough transitions themselves and survived. Ask for their advice, and apply those lessons so you, can learn to thrive.
Can you imagine if you didn’t have any turning points in life? There would be no “ah-ha” moments. Nothing would awaken you and cause you to look deeply at your life.
You wouldn’t have a chance to make a choice to change for the better. There would be no one moment or event or circumstance you can point to and say, “That’s the day I knew I had a choice to make.”
Think of it as a gentle tap on the shoulder. On the other hand, it might not be so tender at all—perhaps it’s an unmistakable shove in a new direction.
Regardless of how you experience it, you can look back on it and say, “If it weren’t for that circumstance or that person, I wouldn’t be where I am today. And I’m happier, more confident, and stronger than ever.” Turning points have that kind of power to transform.
And the miracle comes when all these experiences mount up. The compound effect builds character, resilience, faith in yourself, and a knowing that, no matter what happens, you will not only survive, you will thrive.
Originally published on YourTango