Let go of your past, no matter what did or did not happen, because it has no bearing on the present moment or on any of the moments yet to come.
We’ve all heard variations of the saying “It isn’t how you start that matters, it’s how you finish.” We agree with it and know this is true. We’ve heard about, and perhaps even know, people who have had very difficult experiences who have gone on to lives of achievement, happiness, and peace.
If we say we believe the statement to be true and we have even observed other people proving the truth of it, why don’t we accept and act on it as the truth for ourselves?
By not accepting and acting on this as truth for ourselves, it’s like saying that because we were once a baby and couldn’t walk, read, write, and talk, then we now are not allowed to read a book or go on a hike with our friends or phone a loved one or compose a letter of protest to our senators regarding an unjust bill that Congress may be considering.
It’s also like saying we don’t have the capacity for pro-active learning—for scanning the marketplace, and life in general, and either going to school or devising a program of self-study that will prepare us for the future. It’s like saying that we don’t have the ability to learn from experiences—figure out how to increase the good and decrease the bad. It’s like saying we lack the capacity for self-evaluation and don’t have the wherewithal to decide to change and become a better person.
This is so not true!!
We can learn. We can self-evaluate and improve based upon what we discover. We can grow and develop and gain new skills, new abilities, new insights, and deepen our wisdom. This is what we’re doing as we’re living our lives moment-to-moment and day-to-day.
Even if other people have told you that you can never overcome your past and even if you have accepted that as truth and repeated it to yourself for years, those are only words and thoughts. You can CHOOSE to think uplifting thoughts and CHOOSE to listen to encouraging words. You can CHOOSE to press the delete button on the limiting, diminishing thoughts and CHOOSE to take out your trusty erasure and get rid of the discouraging words!
Just like being a baby at one point in your life has not defined or limited you, you are not—and never will be—defined or limited by anything that happened—or didn’t happen—in your past!
Your homework today is to let go of your past because it doesn’t matter. You don’t need it; it isn’t part of your destiny.
When we’re working toward our dreams and imagining the road ahead, oftentimes we think of it as a steep incline, perhaps even a sheer rock face, that we have to scale in order to reach our dreams. We automatically assume we have no choice but to traverse this treacherous path in order to reach our dreams that are sparkling and gleaming in the sunlight at the top of the mountain.
Why does our journey have to be a struggle? Why does it have to be perilous, terrifying us at nearly every turn?
How about if we turn that image on its head?
Why not imagine ourselves basking in the warm sun at the top of a mountain enjoying the fantastic views as our dreams are steadily gliding toward us on a gondola?
That isn’t to say that we don’t have work to do: We hold a positive and expectant mindset, knowing the gondola with our dreams on board is on its way; we keep our eye on the steady progress of the gondola and search for our dreams inside; as we’re waiting, we prepare ourselves for our dreams—including preparing for the celebration when they arrive! When the gondola reaches the mountaintop, we run with excitement, enthusiasm, and open arms to greet and welcome our dreams into our lives.
Your homework today is to revamp the vision you have of your journey to your dreams. Get rid of the arduous path that you’re picturing. Instead, visualize joy, enthusiasm, a wide and straight avenue, people cheering you on, and bright sunlight bathing the scene.
There’s something about the “…lazy, hazy days of summer…” that encourages a slower pace and getting in some relaxation. It’s a time for full breaths, and sighing with relief as tensions release and slip away. It’s the perfect time of the year for daydreaming!
Your homework is to revisit your hopes and dreams, recapturing the excitement and fascination you felt. Then daydream about where your hopes and dreams are taking you—the exciting places, people, and ideas you’ll experience. With grateful enthusiasm, welcome the new dreams that will pop into your mind.
I swear this is going to be the last inspiration from the strawberry patch…unless I think of something else! 🙂
When I got home and was washing off the berries so I could freeze some for the winter, I marveled at the big beautiful ones. I noticed, though, there were many that were significantly smaller as well as some that were misshapen. Sampling them, I found they were just as ripe, just as juicy, and just as tasty as the big beauties!
This got me to thinking….
Of course we’d all love to have the big, fancy, amazing idea. And, it’s common for the news outlets to splash these all over the covers of magazines and use them as lead stories on the news. This can cause us to believe the only worthy and valuable ideas are the big flashy ones.
There are many more small ideas than there are big ones. These ordinary ideas are vital to developing the big ones that become revolutionary and game-changing. For instance, the advent of the steam engine in the 18th century changed the world and started the Industrial Revolution. But the idea of using boiling water to generate mechanical motion had been around for millennia. And it was people building on the small ideas of those before them that led to the breakthrough—the big idea—that was James Watt’s invention of the continuous rotating engine, which paved the way for the Industrial Revolution.
ALL ideas along the way were needed. The small ones—the humble and commonplace—were just as necessary and important as the big idea.
It’s been a week since we last reviewed our progress. Your homework today is to look at how far you’ve come. Naturally there may be areas to tweak but as long as you are moving forward toward your goals and dreams, then you are successful. Yay you!
The second part of your homework—the best part!—is to celebrate! Make a scrumptious dessert out of your juicy ideas, add in the deliciousness of your progress, and top it off with the full-tummy satisfaction of a job well done. Have a feast and invite your friends and family to the celebration!
I was at the farm yesterday for my CSA share and I was able to pick more strawberries. WooHoo for fresh strawberries! 😀
As I was picking the berries I came across a few that were bad. Either an animal had taken a bite out them or the berries were over-ripe and starting to rot. Not too big of a deal because it’s all part of Nature’s cycle. Fruit that doesn’t nourish humans, animals, and insects is then broken down into elements that fertilize the soil and support other plants. And, when I looked, I saw those other plants had loads of berries on them!
That got me to thinking about ideas; it’s kind of the same thing with them. There are loads of ideas out there and, because you’re creative, you probably have a long list of them yourself!
But not all ideas work out great. For whatever reason and in spite of all the preparation, planning, and diligent execution, they just don’t work for you. When that happens, it’s okay to put these to the side. Sometimes it’s a matter of them evolving and events coming together in a way that enables you to manifest the ideas.
Sometimes, though, no amount of patience will help and no amount of trying will get them to work out. In that case leave these ideas to the natural course of things. Someone else may have the insights or niche skills needed to manifest them. Also, there are some ideas that are meant to be fertilizer, inspiring people to adapt different ways of thinking and to break through their limitations.
So your homework today is to not lose heart and certainly don’t lose hope if your ideas don’t work out. Sometimes they are for someone else to use and sometimes they’re meant as inspiration and motivation. And, if you look, you’ll see other ideas that are perfect for you that are ready and waiting for you to act on them!