“Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened.” ~ Dr. Seuss
As a follow-up to yesterday’s post, Release your inner Bitter Betty, I’d like to share my thoughts on another key to living an uncommon life. How you handle the end of a day, project or chapter in your life is almost as important as how you began it.
We considered the fact that many new and fresh opportunities are spoiled by a simple unwillingness to meet them with open arms as they appear on the horizon. Failure, for those who develop this bad habit, comes early. It’s just as easy, yet twice as tragic when failure comes as a result of refusing to give thanks for that which has come and gone. Instead of appreciating and moving on, some develop the bad habit of refusing to let go of that which is no longer relevant to the present time.
This tendency manifests in many ways. The tattered baby blanket jealously guarded by a ten year old. The closet filled with formerly useful goods. The post-breakup stalker. Trying to recreate the “good ol’ days” in an entirely new set of circumstances.
If you do the best that you can, if you meet every new thing that comes your way with gusto and in the current of victory, if you follow it all the way through and if you give thanks and let it go when the time is right, you will enjoy a measure of fulfillment, regardless of the outcome. These “ifs” reside in every circumstance and improving your ability to handle them with aplomb and artistry is the key to gaining the confidence necessary to let go of that which has culminated in your life and move on to the next adventure.