“Again, you can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something – your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever. This approach has never let me down, and it has made all the difference in my life.” -Steve Jobs
Tonight while sitting on my alma mater’s football field the realization that a chapter in my life was coming to a close began to soak in. While reminiscing over the last four and a half years the speaker mentioned that I will need to reinvent myself 5-7 times over the next twenty years in order to achieve great things.
January 10th 2008 I moved from a town in the far northeast corner of the United States to a new city out west. Prior to the permanent move, I had the chance to visit this great metropolis. During my visit I experienced a peace and ease I had never felt when making a big life decision, little did I know what was to come. Within two months of the big move out west I had figuratively and somewhat literally made my bed, dowsed it in jet fuel, lit a match and attempted to go to sleep.
During the next four years I found my way out of the ashes with the help of a few good men that were willing to show me a new way of thinking, acting and believing. The result over the last 1,575 days has been a life full of amazing gifts, great friends, as well as some earth shattering sorrows. I know that each one of these events was necessary for me to arrive at the end of this chapter and spring into an exciting new chapter full of blank pages still.
Was there a Divine Order involved that used Phoenix, AZ as the setting for the lesson of rebirth and transformation? I believe so, and if there was not it worked out to be one hell of a coincidence.
Affirmation: The person who I choose today is the model for the person who I am becoming. Today I choose love, happiness, forgiveness and inspiration.
Call to Action: I know my truth for this day and the days ahead come from that inner spark of inspiration that continues to smolder as I keep making right minded choices. Today I beg of you to look at the choices you are making today and ask yourself several times throughout the day, are these the actions of the person who I am intending to become? Please share with us what comes through in this gut check style process.
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With everyday comes new feelings and reflections on one’s self, and for me – this spoke volumes.
“The person who I choose today is the model for the person who I am becoming.”
CYL – This week’s message is powerful and well-written. Thank you! Looking back from a perspective of several decades, it is clear to me that we are in preparation for whatever is emerging next in our life. Seemingly random events make sense at a later date. Life changes in the blink of an eye and I agree that it is all about forgiveness, happiness, joy and peace in the moment. I’ve learned to give up the words, ‘I’ll never” or “I always” because I am tired of being proven wrong. Choose what you want to write with love on those blank pages.
I chose love. Love is being able to step back and value taking care of someone’s heart over being right. Love accepts and stops trying to make them change. Love means making an effort to be around someone and letting them know you care about the things going on in their life.
Love means trying every day to be good to others. Most importantly, love means taking care of yourself and learning to say no when it’s necessary.