I always take a quiet moment when someone refers to me as determined, fierce, outgoing, feisty, strong, daring, or powerful. I take a moment because that is not where I started out from and I am amazed at how far off these references would have been when I was my shy, intimidated-by-life self. I would have never believed those words would be used to describe me.
That is the beautiful thing about this journey we call life – it is not static and you grow into yourself as you go about your business. I know that folks who knew me when I was a kid, teen, or young adult would likely not recognize the person I am today. I have evolved in ways that I could never have imagined and as such I am not surprised when others are a bit shocked at the changes.
However, the blessing does not lie in the place I am at today, but instead is in knowing and remembering where I started out from and where I have visited along the way. It is also in knowing that the today does not define the tomorrow – it merely is the place that I started out from.
One of my favorite thoughts of all time that I share with folks who feel that their life is static and that hope is futile is this:
Think about where you start from today and know that a week, a month, a year, ten years from now, you will look back and you will be somewhere different – a place that you may not be able to envision this very day, but a place that you are meant to arrive at. Such is the mystical part of our journey on this planet – it isn’t a cookie-cutter straight path from A to Z. You can define and redefine; create, destroy, and re-create; fail and then succeed; and, falter and restart. As such, appreciate today, value yesterday for its lessons, and imagine the potentiality of tomorrow…and repeat daily.
Day one thousand one hundred and six of the new forty – obla di obla da