A good friend called me last night to announce that her boyfriend proposed over the weekend. (Sigh...) Obviously, she's completely thrilled to be engaged. But I think part of what makes her situation so very exciting is just how far she has come over the past few years.
It wasn't so long ago that she felt stuck.
She had been working the same job for a long time and wasn't getting much fulfillment from it. She was living at home, and seemed hopeless about making enough money to move out. Her love landscape was looking a bit like a deserted island (or at least one with unappealing natives). She always seemed overshadowed by sadness when I saw her.
And then she decided to make a change. She quit her job. Which led her to a new position, where, hip hip hooray!, she met her fiancé. Within a year, she had moved in with him and was working yet another job that she completely loved. Choosing to alter one aspect of her situation made all sorts of other wonderful things fall into place.
I don't think this is just coincidence. When life starts to feel stale, we have to take risks, make jumps, shift things around if we want to catapult ourselves forward. It may seem scary in the moment, but if we know we need to make a change, it will work out in the long run. And maybe it'll work out better than we could've ever imagined.