Not What She Expected

When she was young she had great expectations of what her life would be; she'd become a nurse and travel the world on the hospital ship SS Hope, helping to heal sick children.

But her life took an unexpected turn right about then, as life has been known to do. She set her dreams aside to follow a prophet, and to marry a madman.  She traveled across the ocean on an airplane as a military wife rather than as a nurse on the good ship Hope.  The children she cared for were two of her own.

When they were grown and had gone off on their own adventures, she realized that her life had been nothing like what she expected, and yet she wouldn't trade it, or them, for anything. 

She grew old and found fulfillment in ways she had never considered, and contentment far beyond what she had thought possible.  In the end she decided life was all about taking it as it comes, and that we really have very little control over how it happens.
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10 comments:

  1. hey Josie, did you get my comment or did I lose it? argh!?

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  2. It was lost. Rarely do we have control over the paths of our lives but our unwillingness to trade it anyway is all about the journey isnt it? The journey is a special place!

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  3. So it is good to let go of our expectations and embrace the direction our path takes. This piece of writing has me thinking about dreams and desires and how life gets in the way and changes your intentions to maybe what was meant to be.

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  4. i feel this is the same as let go and let God, well sounds similar to me anyway

    much love...

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  5. Of course so much you do have to take as it comes but I am a rebel I like to steer the ship myself hoping always for something better. However it is the destination that is the goal despite the stormy seas you have to cross to get there,

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  6. We plan, and we should be ready to change plans as needed.

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  7. So much truth in your story. As we envision our future, we have to be ready to take those turns. They may end up being the best path for us after all, and we have to trust that they will be.

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  8. Ain't it the truth. We have to accept the past before we can have a future.

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  9. This one hits close to home for me. We can plan all we like, but sometimes life has a different plan for us. Letting go of the need to control and taking the road one step at a time, being open to what might lie ahead...that leads to happiness and contentment. In a million years I would not have predicted I'd be where I am now and at the same time I was hoping I'd be in a slightly different version of this. But you know what? I'm OK with the now. The journey is even better than the destination.

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  10. finding contentment in your path -- or, blooming when you are planted as the quote says - is the secret to life I think.

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