The online Urban Dictionary defines setback as “an interruption that keeps you from achieving something and can cause great inconvenience to your life.” A setback may just knock you off your time schedule or can stop you from doing what you drastically need to do. Setbacks are not good.
The Free Dictionary defines setback as “an unanticipated or sudden check in progress; a change from better to worse; an unfortunate happening that hinders or impedes; something that is thwarting or frustrating.”
Anything that takes you off of your course and purpose is a setback. A setback is a hindrance or problem that interrupts your progress. It is usually temporary, like an unanticipated or sudden check in progress, or a change from better to worse. The loss of a loved one, a divorce, sickness, cancer, moving, a job change, bankruptcy, foreclosure, and becoming a caregiver are events that have the potential to cause a setback or are setbacks themselves. There has never been one person who has walked the earth who has not encountered at least one setback in their lifetime.
We live in the “real” world. We are not a part of the movie “The Truman Show” where we live in the cheerful community of Seahaven. The movie’s fictional island "paradise" has weather that is always mild and no unpleasantness ever intrudes. In real life, we are constantly bombarded with news and situations that often keep us in the mode of a setback.
There are different reasons that we go through heartache, hardship, setbacks, and challenges. The most obvious reason is that all these things are a part of life. Another reason is that life is comprised of various experiences: some
are good, some are bad; some are happy and some are sad. We lose loved ones, we get divorced, we get sick, we get fired, and we lose possessions.
Getting Back on Track
Once you are ready to make your comeback, just do it! There are many things in life that you cannot change. Accept them and move on. Change what you can! Be your authentic self! Love God and people and enjoy life! Do not let life pass you by while you keep trying to fix things that you cannot fix or change people that you cannot change. Find your “Happy Place” and run to it! Do not spin your wheels trying to fix what you cannot fix.
The Serenity Prayer reads:
God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change; courage to change the things I can; and the wisdom to know the difference.”
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“The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why.”—Mark Twain