The look of exhaustion, back-to-back conference calls, too much .php code and too little coffee.
A plot twist is a radical change in the expected direction or outcome of the plot of a novel, film, television series, comic, video game, or other work of narrative. Ummm…or my life! It is a common practice in narration used to keep the interest of an audience (yeah, I’m on the edge of my seat), usually surprising them with a revelation. Some “twists” are foreshadowed. You can say that again!
I’ve had so many plot twists in my life, career and business that it hardly seems real anymore. I know we’ve all been there…you put all of your energy, time, devotion, strength and might into something that inevitably goes completely awry. A business pitch, a client project, a relationship, a book proposal, a vacation, attempts to get support for your autistic child who’s support team is completely unresponsive (sorry, I’ve been on one lately). For people who are planners and their planning come undone it is not a pretty sight. I was reminded of this during both pregnancies. Preterm labor at 30 weeks, bed rest for 6 weeks, born at 37 weeks for the first one. Preterm labor at 20 weeks, bed rest for 4 months, born at 37 weeks. None of that was in the plan people! I was NOT a pleasant person to deal with during this time as this was NOT in the plan!
As life continues to throw plot twists in every area of my life, some of them small and others that leave me jaw dropped for weeks, I get better and better at accepting the situation, quickly finding the silver lining, thanking Jesus for watching over me despite of and knowing that all things work together for the good of those that love Him (Romans 8:28).
You will be okay. Stand up (preferably in a busy Starbucks where everyone is so self-consumed that hardly anyone will notice) and yell “Plot twist!”…again and keep on movin’ (cue Soul II Soul music please and awesome music video with love from 1989).