When Nothing Goes Right … Go Left

We know what it’s like to “receive that call,” to hear the words “it’s over,” or to realize just a little too late that what’s done is done, and there is ABSOLUTELY NOTHING you can do.  But what I’m here to tell you today is this.  There IS something you can do and with just a few simple strategies you can put a pause on panic and turn your road back in the right direction.  After all, “When nothing goes right…go left. “Our hearts race, our head starts to spin, and in a matter of seconds every inch of our body completely tightens up.  For most of us, we’ve experienced both the physical and psychological reactions when things go wrong.  We know what it’s like to “receive that call,” to hear the words “it’s over,” or to realize just a little too late that what’s done is done, and there is ABSOLUTELY NOTHING you can do.  But what I’m here to tell you today is this.  There IS something you can do and with just a few simple strategies you can put a pause on panic and turn your road back in the right direction.  After all, “When nothing goes right…go left. “

  1. Treat prayer as medicine- Our faith mixed with God’s word is the catalyst for miracles! His will for each of us is to be blessed, healthy, happy, and lacking nothing but it takes doing our part as well and that is going to the Father in prayer. He not only hears our little cries but He cares about our minor troubles from day to day. Don’t put limitations on the Lord, believing He’ll only answer prayers that seem somewhat promising.  The Bible says, “But with God EVERYTHING is possible,” not just what we deem is possible.
  2. Create the picture in your head- Whether it be picturing yourself healthy, confident, with a new job, achieving the goals you wish to attain, every night before you go to bed, visualize it becoming reality in your mind.
  3. Go to Plan B– Life has to be flexible and we have to know that a plan is just a plan. It’s a blueprint, an outline that can and WILL be changed.  When things don’t go the way we arranged, it’s not wasted… Everything has a purpose.  What may surprise you is that Plan B may contain a blessing far greater than anything Plan A could’ve offered.
  4. Connect-Don’t live out of fear. Live out of connection.  Surround yourself with those who love you because that’s what true friends do… they find each other’s light.
  5. “What do I know?”- STOP and think, “What do I know?”  “What is true about the situation?”  Taking the emotions out and sticking with what you know, keeps your mind from presenting a problem that was never actually there. 
  6. One word…Temporary. Nothing on this Earth is forever and this too will pass.  Meditating on that simple fact will help hold the problem in its proper place.
  7. Change your environment.- Go outside. Go to a coffee shop.  Go get some ice cream.  Do anything but stay where you are.  For some reason, when you change the environment from  the place you were when you received the “bad news,” you’re given a fresh perspective.  Being around places and things that bring you comfort seems to lessen the sting of whatever is currently happening in your life. 
  8. Think baby steps, not leaps.- Instead of jumping straight to the possible solutions, start small. What is one thing I could do at this moment to help my situation?  It could mean grabbing someone’s arm and asking for a hug or just taking a moment to sit down and breathe. Just like a wave begins with a single ripple, so will tiny steps lead to leaps of victory.
  9. Grant yourself permission to feel– God knows your heart and He knows what you’re feeling. Don’t try and mask what’s really going on in your life. Jesus doesn’t just toss you out if you doubt.  Uncertainty and feeling scared are a natural part of life. When you avoid the negative feelings and just “sweep them under the rug,” the opposite ends up happening and the problem grows instead of regresses.
  10. Don’t give up!- No, failure doesn’t feel good and when things go wrong, we react. But in that initial moment when we’re faced with a problem, keep in mind this one thing.  You WILL get through this if you DON’T QUIT!  In the words of J.K. Rowling, a herself,  she said, “It is impossible to live without failing at something, unless you live so cautiously that you might as well not have lived at all-in which case, you fail by default.”

 

We can’t avoid the hard times but we CAN control how we react. We are given one life. One life to jump into, with all its possibilities. One life to face the challenges and breathe through the lessons.   One life to climb over the rock in the road allowing it to shape us and not destroy us.  One life to sacrifice risk for relationships, vulnerability for victories, and complacency for chances of a lifetime. In the words of Marianne Williamson, “Nothing binds you except your thoughts; nothing limits you except your fear; and nothing controls you except your beliefs.” Sometimes the road to the ultimate blessing isn’t always the right one.  Often, it’s the road you stumbled across when you decided to do something different and just go left.

Comments

  1. I’ve been blessed beyond words can say through this platform . I always look forward to seeing a new podcast despite how busy I may be. Silver and gold I do not have, but all I can say is a very big thank you for your efforts and ceaseless prayers

    • Nikki DeSalvatore says

      When I started this podcast I prayed that the words would reach people all over the world and in places I’ve never walked. I thank God that He spoke to you through this. God’s favor and blessing on you ten fold.

  2. Pat Rooney says

    Once again Nikki’s “Mom and a Mic” podcast delivers warm soothing hugs of audible encouragement. I look forward to her uplifting weekly messages of hope, love and light.

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