Out of the entire 254 people that I am following on Twitter, there's 3 ppl who give me a boost of energy and confidence, daily. One would be Rev Run and next would be his daughter Angela Simmons. ..The third person, however, is someone extremely anonymous but very powerful in her words. She goes by "The Single Woman" and has a page full of inspirational statuses.
As I perused her page yesterday, catching up on the statuses that I missed, I saw a link for her latest column on www.examiner.com titled "Lessons Learned along the Yellow Brick Road". I found myself overwhelmed as I read it - releasing many deep sighs because finally it was as if someone got it. ..It was a relief to find that someone got ME. ..At that moment, her words were more mine than anything. The relationship that formed between author and audience mimic'd one that I have with myself. I honestly felt as if I was speaking to myself, as I often do when trying to rationalize certain things that I face. ..But the biggest lesson learned was "stop trying to control life and let life control you". It's going to do so anyway, so attempting to rationalize and consistently questioning your fate is pointless.
..Here's what she had to say.
"Summer 2010 will undoubtedly go down in history as the summer of transition. Stretching, pulling, testing, challenging; doubts, fears, laughter, tears; tearing apart and putting back together and dancing in the sun no matter what the weather – and though the ride has sometimes been bumpy and sometimes been scary, the memories I have made on the Yellow Brick Road to my destiny have been priceless. It is often only in trusting the unknowns and letting go of our need to know the ending that we truly step into the light of our new beginning. After all, we can’t have a new beginning without first having an ending. And even if, like me, your Yellow Brick Road takes you right back where you started from, remember this: the struggles and the heartbreak and the lessons along the way have made you who you are today.
At the end of the day, life truly is stranger than fiction. It’s messy. It’s breathtaking. It’s unscripted. It’s unexpected. There are no rules...no set guidelines...no blueprint of how it's all supposed to go down. And even if there were - who would read it? Wouldn't that take all the magic out of life?
This much is certain: “Toto, we're not in Kansas anymore." And wouldn’t you much rather surrender your life to the hands of God and fate (and the occasional tornado!) and have wonderful, Oz-like adventures with fabulous new friends and a life in color, all the while risking the occasional encounter with moody talking trees and some grumpy flying monkeys...than spend a lifetime in black and white?"