Your Plot Twist


I’ve said before that PLOT TWISTS are things you can’t control, but there are some kinds of plot twists that YOU create. 

They’re the kind of plot twists where you take control and pivot your life in a complete 180 degree new direction. 

This moment could be:

1. Breaking a bad habit. One of my bad habits is choosing fear. It’s my default mode in situations where I feel out of place and out of control.

But I’m sick of the narrative that choosing fear is giving me. I’m trying to yell, “PLOT TWIST!” on the daily, and choose faith and boldness over my fear. 

2. Changing our attitude. This is a hard one. I don’t need to be the one to tell you that life’s not all unicorns and sunshine and confetti (I find it difficult to embrace this last one.) When life is throwing us curveballs, why should we be positive or grateful?! Here’s why:

Letting situations steal our confetti is like tapping out in a fight.

Who is punished most when we choose to check out and not be fully present? That would be us. It shows incredible character to choose joy in difficult circumstances. Let’s be those people. 

3. Taking Initiative. Some of us are more naturally disciplined than others, but we could all use a tune-up in that department. I have to admit: sometimes I compare where I am in life to where I hope to be, and I blame others for the disparity. If only this director had chosen to cast me, or if this teacher had believed in me, or if I wasn’t born with this body type, or if those people included me… It’s a dangerous rabbit hole to fall into! I know that self-pity is something I really need to be aware of. At the end of the day, what does it do? It causes me to sink lower and lower into the “what if’s” of life instead of the “I will’s!” 

4. Doing that thing we always say we’re going to do. It’s time to take our words seriously. This week, here’s a challenge for us: If we say we’re going to do something, whether it’s taking out the trash, checking in on someone, or going to a new place, LET’S DO IT! Immediately take action, whether completing the task right then and there, or scheduling it!

There are a million different PLOT TWISTS that we can take charge of. Here are just a few:

-Choosing to eat healithier

-Forgiving someone

-Including someone

-Trying a new sport

-Taking a vacation

-Calling a friend we’ve lost touch with

-Getting a haircut

-Reading a book

-Joining a group

-Cleaning out our closets

-Serving at the local food bank

Taking action in this way battles living in a fog of routine. It challenges us to grow toward the people we’ve always wanted to be. It looks life in the face and says, “I’ll be calling the shots in this one.” 

Everybody yell, “PLOT TWIST!”