You know that feeling when everything seems to be going too well? You’d anticipated stress and struggle, yet so far, it’s been smooth sailing. Suddenly, alarm bells start to go off, as your anxiety tries to convince you something awful is just around the corner. You’re holding your breath, just waiting for the other shoe to drop. If this sounds familiar, then you absolutely need to hear today’s message. Watch below!
Several years ago, I was making a big life change. I was nervous and afraid, and my anxiety was in full swing, predicting how everything would go wrong. (See, you’re not alone in your anxiety. My brain loves to predict worst case scenario just like yours!) I anticipated all the stress I’d encounter and the obstacles I’d face. I thought about all the hoops I’d have to jump through and the hurdles I’d run up against. My mind was doing that annoying thing it does, predicting how awful everything would go.
And then you know what? Three weeks in, things were just fine. Things were going surprisingly well. None of the awful things I predicted were coming true. The sailing felt too smooth. Things were going a little too well. Mid-afternoon, I texted Matt, sharing surprise about how well things were going. Near the end of the conversation, I said, “I’m just waiting for the other shoe to drop, you know?”
His response stopped me in my tracks. It was so simple, yet so profound. He said, “Well, we’ve dealt with plenty of dropped shoes before, and we always figure it out.”
I replayed his words slowly. “We’ve dealt with plenty of dropped shoes before, and we’ve always figured it out.” I wanted to argue with him, finding some way to discount his words. But he was right. I’ve had countless of dropped shoes in my life, and I always figure out a way to handle them, regroup, and move forward.
If you’re waiting for the other shoe to drop, think about this. How many dropped shoes have you encountered? How many times has life thrown you a curveball or not gone according to plan? But more importantly, how many times have you handled those dropped shoes, figuring out a way to cope, deal, and make it through?
And to be honest, waiting for the other shoe to drop implies “if.” If the other shoe drops. But you know what? It’s not if the other shoe drops, it’s when. Because the other shoe will drop. And so will ten more shoes. This is life, y’all. And part of life is shoes dropping. You don’t only have two shoes across your entire life!
Life has an endless supply of dropped shoes. It’s just how life works. So rather than waiting with baited breath, just know and accept that yes, at some point, a shoe will drop. And you’ll handle it. Do you know how I know you’ll handle it? Because you have before.
So if you’re anxiously waiting for other shoe to drop, remember this. At some point, it will. Whether that’s tomorrow, next week, or a year from now, you’ll have another shoe drop. And then 10 more after it. And you know what? You’ll handle it! Just like you’ve done every other time before. You’ll use your skills and your support system, and you’ll make it through.
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