Eleven years ago, I was in a tough situation.
I was on unemployment.
I was burning through cash.
I was scared out of my freaking mind.
I was a new father with two precious babies, Norah and Claire, both under the age of two.
What was I going to do?
I couldn’t let them starve.
As a man, I needed to provide from them.
I did everything I could up to that point to be a responsible adult.
I had two college degrees, and I had started my career off with some good companies.
I thought I had done everything right.
But I still found myself in a precarious situation.
Then I got the smack in the face that shook me to my core.
I looked at the man in the mirror and realized the only person I could blame for being unemployed was myself.
Despite my best efforts to be a good employee, I had some fatal flaws.
Those flaws were so egregious that my boss had no option but to fire me.
What a bitter pill.
It was all my fault.
As much I tried to blame everyone else for my ill situation, only one person was driving the car of my life.
I took a sharp turn off the road and nearly drove myself off the cliff into a cavernous ravine to certain doom.
As I paused to acknowledge my predicament and the role I played in my almost certain demise, I came to a stark epiphany.
I was in control the entire time.
If I had the power to drive myself off a cliff, that meant something even more powerful…
I had the power to ascend any mountain in front of me.
I had the power to blow my life up
I also had the power to rise from the ashes of the past.
I began to recognize the wisdom of Eleanor Roosevelt when she said, “Life is like a parachute jump; you’ve got to get it right the first time.”
As much as I reeled in pain as that bitter pill of responsibility slowly moved its way down my gullet, I smiled with quiet resolve.
Determined to change.
Resolved to vanquish my ego.
Resolute to become a better version of myself.
That day I crushed that minion.
I made a fateful decision that day.
From now on, I would no longer wallow in the baser part of myself.
Whenever I came to a fork in the road, I would do the only noble thing.
A year later, I spoke with someone, and they told me how impressed they were with me.
I replied modestly that I didn’t have a choice.
She spoke words that touched my heart.
“Damon, you did have a choice. You chose to become the master of your destiny. You could have blamed the world, but you didn’t. You choose to make a better life for you and your family.”
No matter what life throws at you, you are always in control.
This is your life.
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