“Today I begin a new life.
“Today I shed my old skin, which hath, too long, suffered the bruises of failure and the wounds of mediocrity.
“Today I am born anew and my birthplace is a vineyard where there is fruit for all.”
These words, taken from Og Mandino’s Scroll #1 speak volumes to me. I don’t know what the future holds for me, but this I know… I am on the threshold of a brand new life.
The beauty of it is, each day is a new day, the beginning of a new life. Not in the endless frustration and futility of the movie, Groundhog Day, but as a fresh new start which will build on lessons learned in the days and weeks before. The time has come to shed that old skin, the old life which is so full of pain and sorrow, and move on from this point forward.
A friend wisely reminded me recently that I am not defined by my weight, my IQ, or even the events in my past. Sorrow has been my constant companion in recent years, as our family suffered the loss of two of our members who were far too young to die. But I am not defined by my sorrow. I have learned much from it, and I continue to learn, but it does not define me. I am the same person today that I was five years ago. What I do with what has happened, is what will make the difference as to who I become in the coming months.
I choose to shed the limitations and shackles I have allowed to control me, and instead, embrace the lessons and live life to the fullest from this time forward.
Today is a new day. I am a new person. I am standing in that vineyard, amidst an abundance of ripe fruit ready for harvesting. And I am ready!
Saturday night postscript…
“Harmony in the world within means the ability to control our thoughts, and to determine for ourselves how any experience is to affect us.” ~ Charles Haanel
What a valuable seed to plant in my garden right now, on the threshold of my future! It is the key to understanding the concept of my creating my own reality, and that everything in my world is because of my own beliefs. When my son died, did that have anything to do with me and my thoughts?? Hardly. Some things “just are”. But what I do with that — controlling my thoughts — has everything to do with my world in the days and years since.