If you say the words “Forrest Gump” to anyone you know, there’s a good chance they’ll respond with, “Momma always said life is like a box of chocolates … you never know what you’re gonna get.”
I’m assuming that you’ve seen the 1990s Tom Hanks blockbuster, but if you haven’t, Forrest Gump’s momma was a kind-hearted woman that mastered the perfect method of teaching her simple-minded son the basics of life in a gentle way that he could understand.
The “chocolate box” advice she offered throughout the movie is something that we should all take into consideration on a daily basis.
You never know what you’re gonna get. That’s because things happen. That’s just how life is.
People don’t plan on getting stuck in traffic. People don’t plan on getting cancer. People don’t plan on getting laid off from their job.
One of the major components of growing up and becoming an adult is taking responsibility for your own life. I’m not saying that everyone over the age of twenty-one is responsible – I know quite a few people who are proof of the contrary – but we need to understand that life is unpredictable.
I’m a huge fan of making lists and setting goals, but I still realize that bumps in the road can uproot my plans at any moment.
For instance, here’s an example that definitely doesn’t make me look too intelligent…
When I landed in Madrid a few days back, I thought I planned everything perfectly. The problem is I forgot one minor thing… I didn’t notice that my ATM card had expired.
So for a couple of days, I had to live off 60 Euros and I quickly learned how to ask “Do you accept credit card?” in both Italian and Spanish. (Fortunately, I was able to contact my Dad through Skype and I immediately paid him back from my online banking account).
Yes, I admit I’m a complete moron for missing a major detail like this. And yes, I only have myself to blame. The moral is my No ATM card dilemma was something unexpected and I simply took action and dealt with it.
Bottom line is I’m not saying that you should expect to bad things to happen all the time. Instead I want to remind you that it’s a good idea to realize that undesirable things can happen, and good things can change … when you least expect them to.Take Action. Get Results.