Letting Go of a Major Project – Asking WHY???

By November 18, 2018Articles

Have you ever had a project you devoted so much of who you are to that it almost consumed you? Have you had that project then become short-lived after you completed it?

I learned a week ago that a project I devoted months and months to, that I committed to, and worked for, would only last 4 years and then it would end. I knew on hearing the news that I could feel defeated, hurt, angry, or disappointed. 

Every one of those emotions passed through me and I can say that, literally, they simply passed through.

When I thought about it, I looked at it objectively, at what that level of commitment, that dedication, had done for me. The reality is, it changed me.  I learned during that time, on a cellular level,  that I can be an amazing power for change. I can be someone who makes the “impossible” happen.

I saved something that was dying and brought it back to life so that 4 years-worth of people could be inspired, grow, and open new worlds of possibilities for themselves.

Look at your world. Look at the things you have accomplished. How many things didn’t go the way you had hoped? How many things would you regard as a failure because they didn’t follow your game plan? If you stopped, without judgment, can you see that they may have served an amazing other purpose?

If in the creation they called you to a higher level of yourself, if they called you to develop strengths you didn’t know you had, then perhaps that, in and of itself, may have been its purpose.

This is a spiritual journey.  Everything you do has a purpose. Sometimes that purpose is not at all what you imagined. Sometimes that purpose was to prepare you for a better you, a better future, a better opportunity that requires those strengths and those skills you developed in the process. 

What an adventure this is when you think of the infinite possibilities we have and the amazing growth we can achieve, one project, one dream at a time.

Have a great week.



About Dorothy

Dr. Dorothy’s life story of coming from an orphanage, being raised in the housing projects of South Boston, becoming a Catholic nun, an international airline stewardess, a wife, mother, graduate faculty member, Clinical Instructor at a Medical School, and so much more provides the perfect backdrop for her message of joy, humor, passion and faith as the necessary tools for life.