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Shifting Gears


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!

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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."
 

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    1. Thank you... wisdom, what little I have of it, comes from years of being foolish! We live and learn and hopefully mature a little along the way, but not to much... that wouldn't be any fun! :-)

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  2. Well said Josie, sometimes past becomes a rock that keeps pulling us down.

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    1. Exactly! We carry around all that heavy baggage and we can't fly anymore. Life is beautiful when we are free to experience what comes next!

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  3. I agree staying in reverse gets you nowhere but miserable. Even if you think you were happier in the past you make the present unpleasant when you keep going back. As usual you have written an encouraging post. You could write a book of encouraging notes to the discouraged. Think about it. Really! Thanks for sharing with In Other Words.

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    1. Whether the past was good or bad, trying to relive it is always a mistake. Box it up and put it in the attic! I have learned that God has things planned for us at all stages of our lives, so we really can look forward with hope rather than fear. We will get around the curves and over the bumps and find a way to be at peace with it... and smell some awesome flowers along the way! Neither you or I could have guessed how our senior years would be, and they really have turned out quite nice! :-)

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  4. You can't move forward if you dwell in the past. I particularly like the image of putting the past in a box - the memories and lessons box. We have to shut the lid so we can move on.

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  5. When change comes, look for the loveliness in it.

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  6. I so agree about looking back with rose colored glasses. I seem to be doing that a quite a bit lately. Thank you for the encouraging words...

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