As we journey through life one thing is for certain - no matter what we do, or how hard we try to avoid it, we are going to encounter changes. That's a good thing, because things that stagnate don't grow, they slowly wither and die. The problem is, that when we are going through hard times that require major readjustments, we tend to look backwards through rose colored glasses. Even if what lies behind us wasn't all that wonderful, it was familiar, and there is comfort in the security of what we know. We can get our gears so stuck in reverse that we can't move forward, can't see the possibilities or the opportunities, and can't find the excitement of new discoveries.
When we find ourselves dwelling on the past we need to refocus on the present. Put the past in the memories and lessons box and shift gears. Accept where you are at, be it great or not so great, and began to invest your energy on deciding what you can make of it. How can you take what you have now and turn it into something workable that can give you a satisfying life. I tend to be a cup half-full person who believes that there is always something good to be found in any situation, and if nothing else it can be a gateway or a stepping stone to something better.
Leave the past in the past, shift gears, move forward. Embrace life and all the wonderful things yet to happen. There are surprises in store for you that you can't even imagine!
I'm joining Patricia at Patricia's Place for In Other Words
where the current writing prompt is the following quotation by Charles M. Schulz:
"Life is like a ten-speed bicycle. Most of us have gears we never use."