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