Hindsight is Foresight
This weekend will mark the time of year when we look back and remember those who left us, the big events that shaped our lives, and the things we’ve learned. I’m never really been one to spend a lot of time doing that, but find, as I get older, the value of the practice is something I can’t overlook.
A year today seems like a month was when I was just a kid at twenty. Time certainly passes at a higher rate as we age (at least the perception of it does) bringing both the wisdom learned and the realization that the days left in this life are numbered. Just watching those closest to me age and enter their later years, is enough to make me stop and take account of my life.
Sure, there are many things I would like to change by turning back the hands of time. That thought is the basis for many of my favorite sci-fi shows and a wish many other people have too. The regretful, selfish choices I made when I was young that still have lasting effects in my life years later, the desire to spend more time with those who were lost unexpectedly, and the choices to follow career paths I can see were foolish, all add up to those melancholy feelings that invade my mind this time of year.
Looking at the year ahead, I can shake off those feelings and begin anew to make life better. The desire to make those new year’s resolutions helps me to refocus and try again every year. This year will be no different. Sadly, many of us, including me, rarely keep those resolutions (especially the ones to lose weight). It was three or four years ago when I made the resolution to take off that additional fifteen pounds to get back to the same weight I was at years ago. Somehow, that fifteen pounds has fought me every step of the way.
This year, I’m still looking forward to making a few resolutions, but more importantly, looking back to see what life lessons I’ve come to learn, because they are what will truly make the new year better. What we learn through life will stay with us so much longer than those promises made to change; promises are just too easy for us all to forget (especially when we’re staring at the open refrigerator at 10:00 p.m. looking for something to eat…).
So, tonight, here’s to looking back, not in regret or dismay, but to looking back and seeing the good. Here’s to looking back and recognizing the lessons we’ve learned, whether good or bad, and applying those in our lives next year. Here’s to taking one day at a time and not holding onto the past, or fear of the future. Here’s to walking through this life together with God’s loving help and support. Most of all, here’s to finding a new love for each other we never knew we could have before…
Love always my friends,
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