On the Edge Part 2: When Things Don’t Go as Planned

Recap: I in my blog On the Edge Part 1, I shared my favorite scene from the movie “It’s a Wonderful Life”, is where George Bailey (played by Jimmy Stewart) & Mary Hatch – later Bailey (played by Donna Reed) are at the high school dance caught up in the Charleston contest.  In the scene a jealous rival (trivia moment: played by the actor who played Alphalfa in the Little Rascals) finds out that the gym floor opens up to reveal a pool and that George was dancing right over the opening and that the button to open the floor was right in front of him.  As most of us know, the rival presses the button and after several dance moves the couple finds themselves in the pool.

What happens next is such a classic move, after the initial shock; George grabs Mary and continues to dance!  This move inspires the watchers who take a leap and join in.

Points to Ponder:

  • How do you react when things don’t go as planned?   Do you adapt and make the best of where you end up or do you bemoan and complain about where you are?
  • The only constant in life is change.  How flexible are you to what life throws at you?
  • How does your adaptability or lack there of, affect those around you?
  • What have you put in the way of creating more flow in your life when things don’t go as planned?

How we adapt to what life throws at us unexpectedly can make the difference not just for our life and health but for those around us as well.  We have a choice about how we react in the face of conflict, trials, unexpected twists and tragedy.  However; it takes presence of mind and the ability to step back and take a breath.  So what will you do; keep dancing or stand on the sidelines and watch?

“Life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you react to it” – Charles Swindoll

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About Sue Salach

Sue has a Master's degree in Gerontology and has worked in the geriatric healthcare field for over 25 years and is the Author of "Along Comes Grandpa", a caregiving resource guide, and the novel "If I Walked in Her Shoes" (http://www.AlongComesGrandpa.com). As a Keynote Speaker and Corporate Trainer, Sue employs her comprehensive experience and enthusiasm to assist corporations in finding solutions to work/life balance challenges and pro-actively educate and empower their employees.
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