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Starting Over

Most of us are terrified of failure. We try to do anything we can to succeed and even when we sense failure close by, we try to avoid it, steering clear of its path of devastation. But somehow, that inevitable moment still happens. It rips through everything we know and love and apathetically exits leaving behind damage.

Now the devastation lays scattered throughout and a decision needs to be made. Do you allow it to destroy you and your spirit or do you find the strength to pick up the pieces to start all over?

Starting over may seem impossible initially, but eventually with time, it can happen.  Broken relationships, the loss of a loved one, or a career change will turn into stepping-stones in hindsight. Metamorphosis is a beautiful, wondrous process and brings about change, as painful as it may seem in the moment. This is the time of self-evaluation and self-reflection.

Should you choose to go all in and give life another chance, you will have granted yourself a precious gift that has the potential of transforming you in ways unimaginable. With time and healing, the past will become but a distant memory and the anxious feelings will subside. The ability to adapt is one of the most important skills someone can master.

There will be days on the new path of rebuilding when you want to quit but this is the time when you have to keep moving persistently. You can mentally prepare yourself for the changes ahead by understanding that as difficult as this current moment was, it is one of many. If you keep on moving forward each time, you will have built endurance.

There are still many chapters of your life that have not yet been written. There will be challenges and uncertainty along the path, but with it come undiscovered opportunities and hope. As painful as these moments become, the realization that “Nothing in the world is worth having or worth doing unless it means effort, pain, difficulty… I have never in my life envied a human being who led an easy life. I have envied a great many people who led difficult lives and lead them well.” Theodore Roosevelt.

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