Then and Now

Are you doing it again? You know, that thing where you kick yourself for all the horrible mistakes you made in the past. The operative word here is PAST. You realize that you can’t do a thing about all that stuff that happened in the good old past, right? I hope so. But I had a conversation with a friend that has decided to take a trip back there and try to relive decisions she made and figure out all the whys of her decisions. Friends, that just doesn’t work. It doesn’t work because the who you were in the past is not the who you are now.

“Your past mistakes are meant to guide you, not define you.”
~ Unknown

Sometimes in life doing your best becomes your absolute worst. Why? Because you can only give what you have and sometimes you’re just out of stock. During these times your best is your worst. But don’t be so hard on yourself because you did do your best. As a person grows and matures the decisions they made in the past probably are not the decisions they would make today.

So, you out there, stop doing this to yourself. Look back at your past and the bad decisions and realize it was you then and not now. View the past as a learning experience — and that goes for the past mistake you just made a few minutes ago. It got your attention and you have learned your lesson. Come on, move on down that highway and forgive yourself.

Hey, this is you now, and you are giving it your very best.

I’ll leave you with one of my favorite quotes for getting through this life:

“Life is a series of natural and spontaneous changes. Don’t resist them – that only creates sorrow. Let reality be reality. Let things flow naturally forward in whatever way they like.”
~ Lao Tzu

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Don’t Resist, Just Flow

Don’t resist where life is taking you. Go with the flow and see where you land. When we resist, nothing good happens to us. Instead, we become unhappy and stressful, and at war with ourselves.

When we resist our eyes are closed and our minds are made up. We miss all the possibilities around us. How much better it is to be standing with arms wide open and ready to accept whatever life brings–good or bad.

Believe in what you’ve been given, and flow where it takes you with adventure in your heart. Liberate your eyes and mind and see the doors that once were closed are now open. Know that something good can come out of something bad.

When you flow you are truly able to grow and have the life that is waiting for you. So go ahead, flow and see for yourself what happens. You might be surprised to find that the one thing you were fighting turns out to be the best thing that ever happened to you.