By Simon Lawrence
Can we restart our lives from any moment?
What a simple question, yet one that might take a lifetime to prove! I can remember dark moments when I just wanted the world to stop… I wanted to get off. I didn’t think for a second what might come after that, or where I might end up!
Of course, I couldn’t stop the world, but that thought did became a recurring mantra for a few lingering years until I decided it was thinking that did not serve me.
I have a wonderful quote, but unfortunately, I don’t know who the author was. It is what brought closure to that part of my feelings. It goes something like this… ‘our lives are like reading the first verse of the first chapter of a book whose pages are infinite...’ I keep it pinned on the wall nearest to my computer as a reminder that tomorrow can be anything we choose to make it.
So many of us think of the future as being the same as we have always experienced it in the past, we will just be older and perhaps less able to cope. Anything else we call a dream.
But that is just a lazy, fearful place our mind is used to being, it is comfortable there. But what if we can take the mysterious, hazy future and turn it into anything we can imagine… into that dream?
We are all gardeners… we plant seeds, our seeds are the thoughts we have and we are precisely where we are right now, with every element of what is happening in our lives because of the thought-seeds we have planted in the past.
By planting first-class thought-seeds, we reap an excellent harvest, but by planting poor quality thought-seeds we get a useless crop. If we plant nothing at all then we have nothing to harvest!
When we choose to create a future that is better than the experiences of our past, then we must not contaminate the thought-seeds with the blunders we may have made before.
Who we think we are right now does not define who we can be, it is simply a reflection of who we have been. Our poor harvest is the result of our poor thought-planting, so we must begin to plant only the best-selected thought-seed and our future will be a reflection of that instead.
We will spend all of our lives living NOW, whilst NOW is always the planting season for what will come… every thought we have will affect our future and that is the beginning of creating a life of anything you like.
© Simon Lawrence