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I Do Not Owe My Past a Place in My Future

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Sitting in the audience of a recent seminar, I heard the words above and it hit me like thunder.

Then, while reading the book Rising Strong: The Reckoning, The Rumble and The Revolution by Brené Brown, I found a quote that resonated well.

“The irony is that we attempt to disown our difficult stories to appear more whole or more acceptable.  But our wholeness, even our wholeheartedness actually depends on the integration of all our experiences, including the falls.”

Telling Your Story is Not Always EasyI’ve known it was time to write this book, but to share the breadth and scope of this story I would have to love and accept myself, for the role I played, for my own failures as well. I would have to bare my soul for the world to see.

This is a true story, meant to serve as a connector.  As humans, we relish in stories and well told stories can have a huge impact for transforming and change in the lives of the readers.

Me? I will pick up a book and read it cover to cover if it is a story of someone’s life. I can get totally immersed in the story line, closely following the events, good or bad that made them who they are today.

I am fully aware that none of us can exist in a vacuum, and as such we don’t complete our lives on this earth without some sort of life changing thing that happened that has forced us to make serious decisions regarding what we truly want in our lives.

Each of us is a constantly unfolding story, a hero in a novel that no one else can write. For most of us, our journey in this life is to find love, balance and peace. The road we travel carves the way for life lessons that fine tune us to have the strength, the power, and the where with all to move through our challenges.

Ultimately, we have decisions to make. Sometimes we fail miserably and fall flat. Other times we can pass with flying colors. But it always comes down to the choices we make. Depending on the scope of the situation, it may take many years to rise above the circumstances and succeed.

I Do Not Owe My Past a Place in My FutureFor me…It did take years…many years. And because it took YEARS, I’ve struggled with bouts of depression, feelings of inadequacy and shame. The “if only I’s…” only serve as a plague…for truly the past is over and cannot be changed and THIS is the ONLY moment I can experience.

Inability to simply have fun with life, to even be able to let loose and wholeheartedly laugh plagued me since early childhood.

While I still tend to be very serious, I have learned to laugh. In fact, there are times that I quite simply surprise myself…when I hear myself spontaneously laugh…It makes me happy! For years, I could not laugh even at silly jokes. Why? Because I simply could not understand the humor or the funny involved in the jokes!

It has been quite the journey for me, one that I will stay forever attentive to.

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