Some of you can point to a particular event that you consider a born again experience. Perhaps you had a religious conversion or entered a twelve step program. That event served as a major turning point for you, and your “new life” started then.
For many, each day is a new beginning – an opportunity to birth new thoughts, ideas, and feelings.
As for me, I cannot point to a single event as THE major turning point in my life. And, there are many days that I don’t utilize a single bit of creative energy – perhaps these are missed opportunities, and perhaps I just need a break!
What I can point to are a series of milestones – those events that mark life passages. Getting a driver’s license, graduating from college, starting a career, getting married, buying a house, moving across the country, becoming a parent, losing a parent, getting divorced, falling in love, becoming a grandparent, retiring – the list goes on and on and contains both happy events and sad ones.
I can look at each of these milestones and ask myself:
- What was my life like before this event occurred?
- How did I expect this event to impact my life?
- How did it actually impact my life?
- How did I have to grow to meet the challenges presented by this event?
- What did I learn?
Each of these milestones represents a change in my life. Although challenging, and producing outcomes that differed from my expectations, each change that I faced was a new beginning. Each change gave me an opportunity to recreate myself, not forgetting the wisdom I had already gained, but evolving to my next best self.
What were the milestones in YOUR life? How have these caused you to grow? What milestones do you still face?
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