At the start of the year, you get the opportunity to look at the past through a rearview mirror. Perhaps last year’s progress was based on where you ended up at the end of the year. And your will to succeed was calculated by how quickly you got there.
It can be discouraging to think about how things might have turned out had you taken another path. But it’s empowering to know that you can shift direction. If things didn’t go as anticipated, this might not be a long stretch.
Sometimes it takes everything you have to get back on the road. You may have started the journey with high hopes. Week after week, you ended up on side streets and rocky trails. While you held on tight to faith, the trip didn’t quite go as planned.
When life takes a turn, it can make you feel like you’re completely off track. While the way might be off the beaten path, lessons learned along the way may help you to find your way. Maybe you were frustrated with how long it took to get to your destination. But real beauty was in the journey, not how quickly you arrived.
Accept that you will take detours in life. Don’t get caught up in perfection. Simply enjoy the ride. You may even find yourself on a side street for much longer than expected. But remember, it’s life’s pit stops and back roads that make the trip exciting and memorable.
If you struggle with how the year turned out, adjust your rearview mirror. Leave the past in the past. Celebrate lessons learned. And be thankful that you get the opportunity to try again.
The next time you take a wrong turn, enjoy the scenery on the way to your exit. Shift direction, and keep your eyes on the road ahead. Progress isn’t just what you do to move forward. It’s what you leave behind to keep moving. What feels like a wrong turn might be just what you need to find your way.
Julie Barbera, author of the forthcoming book, Cracked Mirror, Clear Reflection
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