One of the beauties of this life is there is opportunity after opportunity to reset or restart, to back up or to move forward. Though this is true and an incredible gift, for some this seems a daunting task.
This occurs as people face the reality their life hasn’t turned out the way they had hoped it would. This is something most of us will deal with at one time or another.
Because this is true, resetting or restarting can be very difficult and even painful.
I am not naïve enough to realize there are many people who have faced or are facing difficulties I cannot imagine. Yet, I know in the challenges of “my life” I have always been the primary reason for my inability to move past the hurts or pains I have experienced.
The reason has been, I want to live life my way, and many times this simply gets in the way.
The question is, how can I identify these moments so I can move past them? I believe it starts with knowing, no matter how bad today has been, tomorrow is a new day, which affords me a new opportunity to get on with “my life”.
I have found if I can maintain this perspective, I can find a way forward even when I see no way. Here is where seeing “my life” as an opportunity, despite the disappointments and difficulties that may come into play.
If we believe perception is reality and I do, then the way we see things is the way they are. As I adjust to knowing I am in control of my perceptions, I have come to realize I am also in control of how I choose to see “my life” and its challenges.
Does this make the difficulties of life go away? Of course not. It simply makes them more tolerable. Then, I have a choice to make. I can allow my struggles to define me, or I can define them and move forward with a determination not to allow those struggles to become bigger than they are.
This life is not always easy and some certainly have a more difficult time than others. Regardless, the truth is, this life is “my life” and this life is your life. We can live it damaged by our yesterdays or we can live it strengthened by our experiences while looking forward to a better tomorrow.
In the end, how I see “my life” and how you see your life will determine how we live it. This choice, as with every choice, is up to us!
James 1:2-4, “Consider it pure joy, my brothers, and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.