Book Excerpt – Reality: You Can Start Fresh at the Right Time
Know Now What You’ll Wish You Had Known Back Then
It’s OK to start fresh. Starting over is a bit nerve-wracking. But maybe, just maybe, you’re not starting completely over. Maybe you’re picking up somewhere you left off. Perhaps you’re just making some revisions to yourself. A “You Twenty-Fourth Edition.”
That’s nothing to be ashamed of or worried about. We all need to make revisions at some time. It’s because most of us are so ashamed of making these revisions that the world is in the shape it’s in now. However, you don’t have to worry about contributing to any of that because you are making the changes you need to make in order to benefit the world now.
What does it really matter? What will it really change? It’s for you. This fresh start is all about you. It’s about seeing yourself as a better person. Other people will catch on later, if they catch on at all. The good thing is that you will have finally prepped yourself mentally, spiritually, and emotionally to be renewed. That’s where it starts. If for no other reason than clearing your head to see yourself as the better person you wish to become, you need the fresh start. It does some type of cleansing. It’s almost unexplainable, but it’s kind of like having the latest software update.
How do you know it’s the right time?
For starters, a relationship with God reveals things that you can’t discover for yourself. God has a grand purpose for all of us, and once you feel like you’re out of His plan, you had better get back in it. To me, an unfulfilling life is a sign that you’re out of touch with God’s will.
But what if it isn’t as obvious?
I realized it was time when I found myself doing things that weren’t helpful. They weren’t helping anyone or anything. When I got to that point, I said, “Uh-oh.”
“Uh-ohs” happen. I’m not saying that you’ll bypass all of them, but I am saying that we should try having less and less “uh-ohs” when we can. Let’s just skip all of those really unnecessary ones. Every time you have an epiphany, it really shouldn’t be because you didn’t choose to avoid an obvious “uh-oh.” You know?
My “uh-oh” came from becoming stagnant in life. I wasn’t hurting anyone, but I also wasn’t helping anyone or anything either. And if we aren’t helping, what is the point of anything we’re doing? The reverse is true as well. You can be so busy that you think you’re helping when you’re not. Sometimes we do things and think people are being unappreciative of all our “hard work,” when a lot of those times we really were just doing too much. And most importantly, we were doing it for ourselves, not for others.
Our good has to be meaningful. And one way of making sure our good is meaningful is to stop being so busy with ourselves all the time. Our desire to help still has to be greater than our desire to be able to say we helped. Note that you can say you helped, but it’s no comparison to someone else saying it about you.
If you believe your current situation is not helping, then you’re at the right time to start fresh. You can be confident in your fresh start because you’re starting in order to finish now. You’re starting to finish that career change. You’re starting to finish that degree. You’re starting to finish making yourself better to help make someone else better. And finishing, to me, is helping.
Ask yourself this, if not right now, when? How much time will it take for the right time? I don’t want you to miss it and I don’t want to miss seeing it, and neither does the world. You have something that only you can possess, and the world has been missing it. Show us! Remember, we are much more capable of greatness than we are of mediocrity.
I don’t care if you’re fifty-five years old. If it’s the right time to restart, then restart! You’re like a reboot of a franchise. The first one was good, but the best is yet to come. It worked with Batman, right? Think of yourself as Batman or whatever your favorite reboot is. You’re just going to keep getting better and better. And now is the time. Right now is always the right time to be a better you. Yesterday was too late. Tomorrow is too far away. But now, right now, is just right!
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