The Rest Of Your Life
Years ago, I went to a cheer competition for one of my daughters. As one of the other teams was performing, it became very clear that one of the girls didn’t have the choreography down. She made one mistake after the next and eventually walked to the side of the mat and sat down for the last part of the routine. Much of the chatter after the event was the disbelief that a girl would just give up halfway through her performance. Many of the parents expressed that it was “hard to watch” and that it really “hurt the entire team.”
I remember quietly thinking to myself; “That’s nothing… you should meet all the people that I have met that just ‘gave up’ halfway through their lives!”
I can tell you first hand; “It IS hard to watch and it DOES hurt everyone around them, especially the people they love.”
One of the greatest challenges I have when working with others, is getting people to let go of the hurts, disappointments and failures in their lives. Your past mistakes and blunders don’t define who you are, but how you react to them does. Retreat, give up, surrender, and the rest of your life will be spent like this cheerleader… On the side lines as an observer. Shake yourself off, reset your plan, try again, and you will eventually push through.
Not all the puzzle pieces of life will seem to fit together at first, but in time you’ll realize they do, perfectly. So thank the things that didn’t work out, because they just made room for the things that will. And thank the ones who walked away from you, because they just made room for the ones who won’t. As they say, every new beginning comes from another beginning’s end.
Make the rest of your life the best of your life!
You’ve got this!