Admittedly, I have not been keeping up with this blog. In fact, many of my goals, as SMART as they were, have yet to be realized. Why? Life happens. The demands of my two roles as pastor and dean, my position in the Oreo generation sandwiched between the needs of my aging mother and my teen and young adult children, have all converged to create the perfect storm of distraction and have sidetracked me from staying on target with my own goals.
So how does one deal with unplanned yet unavoidable life issues that get us off track? Using the track metaphor, one can imagine a train off track and draw some parallels: First, it is easier to stay on track than it is to get back on track one plans have been derailed. One stays on track by anticipating potential problems down the line and planning to deal with them before they become a crisis. Second, if the unexpected, unanticipated, and unavoidable happens and you find yourself beside the track rather than on track, then one needs to be prepared to ask for help. No train gets back on the tracks without the assistance of a crane or other equipment needed to get the train back on the tracks.
When it comes to asking for help, consider carefully who you ask. You may need to get a life coach. In fact, it is recommended that every coach also have a coach. The crane that comes to get the train back on track will likely come on the car of another train. Be sure to ask a person with the skill set or knowledge necessary to help you in your specific area of need. For example, I was worried about my aging mother living alone in the country of West Virginia. So, I bought a house for her that is right on the path of my sister's drive to and from work as an RN each day. Now she can stop by and keep and eye on our mother.
You may be sidetracked or off track from your goals, but that doesn't mean that you should close the book on your dreams. You can get back on track and begin again moving toward your dreams and goals.