I was growing through some challenges, and before I knew it: BOOM, April 28th.
Where did the time go?
During my brief absence, I relearned some important life lessons: some brought laughter and others brought tears, but I know I’m stronger because of them.
I survived my storm. (Psalm 107:29)
I wanted to share 3 of the most indelible ones here:
Not everyone is going to complete your journey with you.
Have you ever heard these words: “…look to your left, look to your right, because one of you won’t be here by the end of the year.” If you’ve ever participated in a high school or college orientation or even a professional certification course, your speaker has probably offered this wisdom. This is true and such is life, just because you started a journey with a group of people or set of friends doesn’t mean that they’ll be with you until the end. You lose people along the way, and that’s okay.
Regret should only be a temporary residence, you cannot dwell there.
I strongly believe that regret is based on a perceived opportunity missed or taken. And while the intended opportunity may have come and gone, every additional minute that you wait or lament on what could have been robs you of the opportunity to enjoy the here and now. Move on. Take advantage of the next minute to live a life free of regret.
Never think you owe anybody anything or that they owe you.
I use to think that when people did something nice for me, I was in their debt. I forgot what I was taught: freely I give and freely I receive. Anything you do for someone should be given without expectations, and anything someone gives to you should be received in the same way. If you’re blessed enough to have a gift of sorts bestowed upon you, it’s because you really deserved it. Your only requirement is to pay it forward and bless someone else.
So, I’m back with a renewed sense of purpose.
Have you ever had a period in your life that helped to redefine or reconfirm your direction?
What lessons did you learn?