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What To Do When Life Throws You A Curveball

When things don't go as planned, honour and acknowledge your feelings without getting overwhelmed by them. Cease victimizing yourself. Accept that the situation happened for you and not to you. With optimism, give meaning to your curveball, as much as you believe will help you heal. Let go of negative feelings like anger, resentment. Forgive and move forward.

There’s a sneaky expectation I place on myself that does not serve me well. Sometimes because of the work I do, I buy into the misunderstanding that I should not be affected by disappointment and curveballs. That I should immediately get to gratitude and move on like nothing happened.

Fortunately, I was reminded of my humanity last week when life threw me a curveball that knocked me off my feet and left me with an expectation hangover! I know that my truth is gratitude and love – but, I cannot expect myself to jump there when the humanness in me is having a moment.

Allow Yourself To Feel

Can you relate? You know that compassion, forgiveness, and gratitude are the destination, but find yourself pushing to get there? As I remind myself, I remind you of the transition time. The space in between “ouch” and “thank you”. Honor that space, there is great healing available there. I share about my honoring of that space in today’s vlog.

When my latest expectation hangover of the curveball flavor first came at me, I noticed how quickly I attempted to make myself feel better. I immediately started to look for the silver lining, tell myself it happened for a reason and jump to forgiveness. Of course, there is always a silver lining, things do happen to serve us, and forgiveness supports our spiritual altitude on any situation AND . . .

. . .the truth was the curveball shocked my system. My head wanted to talk myself out of the pain, but my emotional body felt it. I knew I was about to engage in what’s called “Spiritual Bypass”, which I write about in  Expectation Hangover as a coping strategy we use that does not lead to healing.

When a curveball first hits, it serves us to allow ourselves to feel it instead of attempting to dodge it or walk it off right away. Otherwise we end up suppressing emotion, which is not healthy.

Tips To Handle Curveballs

Let me be clear in saying that indulging in emotion or being a victim is also not healthy. Feeling a feeling with compassion so it heals is quite different from allowing our feelings to consume us.

You are allowed to be a masterpiece and work in progress simultaneously.

If you’ve been hit with an expectation hangover of the curveball variety, I encourage you to:

1. Let it hit you by simply honoring and acknowledging your feelings.

In my case, I spent some time release writing and allowing my emotions to move through me while holding a space of compassion. After I did this, I felt a lot clearer and was truly ready to move to step two.

2. Ask, “What am I learning?”

Curveballs are not random. They are intentional plays by the Universe to wake us up, shift us, or support us in dealing with an issue that needs healing. Get out of victimhood and become a student of your life instead.

3. Decide what you want the curveball to mean.

The degree to which we are wobbly from something unexpected is 100% dependent on the meaning we give it, not what actually happened. Decide what you want to believe about the situation and cho0se wisely.

I made mine mean that the Universe was giving me an opportunity to clean something from my past to speed up the manifestation of one of my most heartfelt dreams.

4. Forgive and move forward.

The process of forgiveness is actually what wipes the slate clean and allows us to let go and move on. It is challenging to take steps forward when we are carrying around anger, resentment or judgment.

Finally for those of you who relate to placing an expectation on yourself that you should “know better” and have done so much growth that you “shouldn’t” be triggered, PLEASE remind yourself that you are human.

Remind yourself of that space in between getting hit and walking it off with grace. That space in between “ouch” and “aha!

Disclaimer: The content is purely informative and educational in nature and should not be construed as medical advice. Please use the content only in consultation with an appropriate certified medical or healthcare professional.

Christine Hassler

Christine is a Life Coach with a counseling emphasis known for catalyzing radical self-reflection while offering practical direction. She is passionate about busting the myth that life is about living by a checklist and having it all figured out. Christine has appeared as an expert on The Today Show, CNN, ABC, CBS, FOX, E!, Style and PBS, as well as various local television and radio shows, speaking about life issues and “Expectation Hangovers®” – a phenomenon she identified and trademarked or generational diversity. She is also a frequent contributor to The Huffington Post and Cosmo.

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