So, I'm not a very big gambler, but my brother, some friends and I have been putting in a pool for this Super Mega Lottery or sometimes the Powerball one. Just this past Tuesday, we all pooled in $5, took pictures of the our ticket numbers and sent them to each other. Throughout the day we were all texting back and forth how we felt a winner in our hands. So later on that evening when the results of the Super Mega Lottery came up, we found out that we didn't win. I know the lottery is a very very veerryy long shot, but we did it for fun, in the hopes to win some money. I don't think any of us were THAT upset or disappointed, but we did put ourselves in a position to be at least a little bummed, but right after my brother texts, "life goes on..." which got me thinking.
There are so many situations in our lives where we put ourselves at risk for disappointment. I think that the majority of our day to day activities or even our big decisions in life put us at risk for disappointment. But if these decisions put us at risk for disappointment, they also put us in positions of high rewards. I mean, think about it, we're not going to put ourselves in "Lose/Lose" situations right?
Being confidant enough in ourselves to take these steps, even if there is a risk of disappointment, can make us stronger and even more motivated. The strength from these disappointments comes from knowing that "life goes on." We have to believe that whatever situation we're in and wherever the outcome may lead us, that there is always hope: a feeling of trust; an expectation and desire of certainty; to expect with confidence. Having faith and confidence in ourselves, having hope and knowing that life goes on, gives us the ability to be happy everyday and accept our circumstances. Now, accepting our circumstances and agreeing with them are two different things. Accepting them doesn't mean that those circumstances are always right, and this doesn't mean that we just let them be, but we accept what happens and where we are now, and make the conscious decision of what we want to do next and where we want to be. There aren't too many rewards without risks and we can't expect to move forward in our lives if we don't take steps in those directions. We can't expect anything different of our lives if we stay complacent.
When we decide to date someone or decide to put our all into a potential relationship, when we decide we want to sustain our relationships, when we invest in a business, when we make a career choice, when we choose to go to college or not to go, when we decide to get married and/or have a baby, when we do a presentation, take an exam, buy cable, open a credit card, eat a bowl of ice cream, play the lottery, etc. etc. etc...when life takes us in all of these different directions and we have to make decisions for ourselves, for others, or for our families, don't be afraid to take these risks. But make sure to weigh your options and know the circumstances, and when you're ready to take that step, in whichever direction you decide to go, be confident in yourself to make the right decisions and remember that no matter what happens, life goes on.
-Rubi Anne Dijamco Agostini