Own Our Mistakes…

Own Our Mistakes
Own Our Mistakes

My lessons learned…

As I approach my 47th birthday I am once again contemplating the blessings bestowed upon my life…blessings, that only recently as a mature adult have I come to accept as such.

Indeed, in my younger days of indignant just and blameless convictions, I more often than not sought to find cause for my feelings within the actions of others. Whether or not by merit of their actions I would be directly or indirectly affected, mattered not…for how could they bring such chaos, hurt, and displacement into my life. What if they had thought about me instead of only themselves…

For many years I struggled with what I thought, indeed KNEW, to be the correct path for this problem or that issue. And when inevitably situations would go awry, often exasperating beyond what should have been an easy fix, I would lay blame at the feet of those who would not listen, never once giving thought to my own leading role in the outcome of what would directly attune in my own life….

It’s been a long road traveled and many, many tears of frustration, hurt, anger, betrayal…but somewhere between cursing the difficult events of my life and embracing the goodness of the life I have, I came to recognize each event as nothing more than a lesson, and with each lesson learned a new grace was to be obtained….

And so as I begin to count down another year on my journey, I am thankful and grateful for each and every tempest that has crossed my path as a lesson learned in time…

I no longer make assumptions, or wonder about “what ifs” or “how coulds”…no longer do I whine about the poor hands being dealt or how unfairly things may appear to be…

I have been blessed with the grace of fortitude to seek my own truth, to see what my role is and can be in my own life…I have looked long and deeply within own mirror and accept myself freely…

I challenge each of us to authentically gaze into our own truth, and to lovingly embrace our baggage not as such, but as our graceful gifts on our march to setting ourselves free….

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