Sunday, November 12, 2017

11. another reason | #30Layers30Days

When I take the time to reflect on my life and the decisions I've made leading up to this point, sometimes I'm frustrated by how many times I've stunted my own progress by making excuses rather than using outside circumstances to fuel my growth. Even stopping to be upset and wishing I'd done things differently back then is just as detrimental as those "bad" choices. What's done is done. I've lost count of how many times I've had to tell myself that and refocus on wherever I am and whatever I'm doing in the present moment. 

We are not our mistakes. We are not the mountains that come in our way and those mountains are not a stopping point or a sign to quit; they are strategically designed to test our resilience and faith and move us to a higher level. Often times, they're mere figments of our imagination. Yes, we are molded by varying experiences, including the inevitable consequences of our actions, but one of the most beautiful things to embrace/experience is evolution. Life is full of the unexpected and in light of that, we aren't always prepared to make the best moves. However, we're given opportunities to learn, move forward, and do better the next time we are presented with either the unexpected or similar situations to previous ones we've encountered. And we continue to make mistakes on this journey, many of which are repetitive mistakes, but all of them are subconsciously toning our ability to handle life better and adjust accordingly going forward. 

I have learned that the mountains are just another reason to be great, but never a reason to settle in the valley just because the climb may be difficult. Never trade excellence for excuses.

"...Stop the excuses, don't believe the lies, and make up your mind that you've gotta try instead of making mountains out of molehills when they're not even real..."

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