A bird flying in the sky at sunset.

Those Not-So-Pleasant Surprises

Recently, on a beautiful evening, Mike and I went on a walk just before dark. Temperatures were in the 70’s with a light breeze blowing. It felt heavenly.

Being kind of silly, at one point I stretched out my arms like I was flying. A heavier breeze blew in. I looked up to the sky smiling…

Then a bird pooped on my face.

Yep! Right on my nose, which proceeded to run onto my cheeks. For real. That happened.

What a picture of life, right? We are moving forward, happy, thankful, things are good, sometimes great, then splat! Bird poop. It’s going to come. We are going to get hit.

What we do when we are hit determines what we get.

We have a decision to make.

The circumstance controls us only if we let it. We get to decide how we react. Will we scoop the poop and move on? Or let it stop us?

Circumstances test us. They test our fortitude. They show how badly we want whatever it is we are pursuing. Whether a new career, venture, or relationship, negative circumstances will test and expose how badly we want it. Things work out best when we have the wisdom and courage to look at those test results and move forward accordingly.

Maybe the test results indicate we don’t really want something enough to be spending our energy on it.

Maybe they show we will do whatever it takes to get there.

Not all pursuits are worthy of our time and energy. But for those that are, go all in!

Determine what’s worth pursuing even when you get hit with bird poop, and you will know you are on the right path. Like that recent evening. After the shock, I wiped it off with my shirt, laughed, and said… I just learned a life lesson!

Keep going! Whether your tests cause you to course correct, or strengthen you to stay on the same path, keep moving forward!

You are worth the destination that is worthy of your pursuit.

Brenda is a believer in impossible possibilities. In brokenness becoming beautiful. In justice and mercy and honor and power – with love perfecting them all. She is a wife, mom, mimi, daughter, and friend who also enjoys speaking, writing, and coaching.