Life can serve up some tough times and dish out some truly brutal moments. Occasionally they rock your world and shake you to your core. The result of certain events is permanent. If you're fortunate enough to survive them, however, you're faced with a pivotal choice. One choice is to lament, find someone to blame or simply wallow in despair. The more difficult one, but also the only one that offers a path forward, is to focus on “What's Next?”
When you're just “not feelin’ it”, asking that crucial question might seem absolutely impossible. Envisioning the answer may be more difficult still. One thing is for certain: If you don't ask, there is no answer to be found. It won't come from behind you; it can only be revealed by looking ahead.
To focus on “What's Next?” is not to forget or diminish what came before; it is to be inspired by it. The real world is a tough teacher and occasionally a cruel one. It doesn't favor the weak. Only those with the tenacity to press forward can survive. Winston Churchill put it this way: “If you're going through Hell, keep going.”
The future awaits those who embrace it – and are fortunate enough to be alive to experience it. What's Next for you?