“Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow.”
– Ueli Steck (1976 – 2017)
Famed Mountain Climber
Have you ever been blindsided by an unexpected event? An unexpected phone call, a challenging email or text, or just a spoken word that threw you for a loop. I have been through this and it is not easy or fun. It can take your breath away and derail your day.
In the end, I am always thankful for the experience and growth I receive from the unexpected that happens. Have you ever just missed a car accident, or you left a bit late only to find out that you missed a terrible wreck on the freeway? Life tries to protect us from the crashes that happen in life. So now I find that when challenges do come my way, I grow and get better from the experiences and I learn many valuable lessons in life.
I do try to learn from the past. A dear friend of mine just talked to me about their “dark past”. I though about this for a very long time. The only way our shadow can truly be dark is from having a great light shining in front of us. The brighter the light we are facing, the darker the shadow behind us. My shadows are truly dark as well, and sometimes others may focus on that shadow rather than the light that is now shining, living for today and truly having hope for tomorrow.
“If failure is not an option, then neither is success.”
– Seth Godin (B – 1960)
Ever been called a failure? My failings once defined me. It took me years to see the failures I was experiencing were creating my successes for today. I live in light that forgives my past, sustains me in the present now, and strengthens my hope for the future. Every day I want success and I am striving for this every day. I do fail at times, yet I also get some great tasks accomplished.
“Rather than putting the energy into pointing the finger at someone else, figure out what it is you need to do and do it, and do it right, and get it done, and get your situation right. And if a person does that, then their life will get better.”
– Conor McGregor (B – 1988)
Who rose from plumber on welfare to mixed martial arts world champion
“It’s so much easier to yell and pull down and criticize, then to restrain, and build, and think right- isn’t it.”
– Elizabeth II (B – 1926)
Queen of England, December 1949
I could spend a lifetime blaming others for the bad things in my life. What someone said to me, did to me, allowed to happen to me. It could be a lifetime of being a victim. Now, I see the experiences in life a great training tools to make me a better person, a better man. I chose to live as an accountable person and strive to be a great mentor.
My mom would always remind me that when you point a finger at someone, three fingers are always pointing back at you! Also, I have learned that when I see someone whose actions bother me, I am only seeing my own qualities that I don’t like about myself. As time goes on, I am becoming accountable and not laying blame on others. I know this about life, all of us are going to have hard times, but when the good times come, they are very sweet and full of love, light, and friendship.
“You’re not rich until you have something money can’t buy.”
– Garth Brooks (B – 1962)
The true treasure in life is having a good name in the community and sustaining friendships. I do want to be rich and I do want to have all the things in life that money cannot buy.
My goal is to “Learn from yesterday, live for today, and hope for tomorrow”.
Thanks for reading!
David Earl Woodbury
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