Tomorrow is New Year’s Eve. Are you looking back at 2009 with tender memories and wishing it hadn’t gone so fast? Or are you looking forward with anticipation, intending that 2010 be even more exciting?
Many of us have experienced changes over the last year – illness, deaths, births, lay offs, and layovers. “Green” has become a focus – in the financial sense as well as the ecological sense. I’m no different than all the others. But I do think that we have choices.
Are obstacles or barriers necessarily a bad thing? Are mistakes really mistakes? And how can one control something that is uncontrollable?
Take a good luck at something that has happened to you in the past. That could be the death of a loved one, a divorce, an accident, or many other things that would cause us to feel sadness or despair. Your life was changed and you knew it immediately. I’ll never be the same, you probably said to yourself. You may have whined, or cried, or raged, or fallen into depression. You may have taken to buffering the pain you felt with drugs, or alcohol, or other forms of addiction.
Now consider where you are now, and how you arrived. Many of the decisions you made may have stemmed from that traumatic event. And this is where you had control of your destiny. In many ways (and don’t get me wrong, I am not trying to discount the event) the Universe presented you with a blank check.
By now, you’re thinking, ok, Pollyanna. Back off.
But really, you have free will. The Universe, in my humble opinion, allows you to take what WAS, and what COULD be in the future, and combine them to create NOW. We all make mistakes, and hopefully we learn from them. Some of them can be reversed, if we want that. And others – well, we can’t un-ring a bell, so we have to make a choice to have no regrets and move forward with a stronger outlook, a longer stride, and a happy heart.
Here are some people who did exactly that:
Trust the Universe, man.