1. We become what we repeat.
2. Pain + Reflection = Progress
3. Failure is the most information-rich data. (Entrepreneur Tom Bilyeu)
4. We experience life according to our beliefs. (Author Ken Honda)
5. We all fail. Failure is not a life sentence. It’s a moment. We don’t have to stay there.
6. Don’t think, talk, act like someone who will never be free.
7. When you’re born, you look like your parents. But when you die, you look like your choices.
(Pastor Dr. Crawford Loritts)
8. Allow myself some compassion for how hard my body, mind, and spirit have worked to protect me all these years.
9. Reframe the idea of what’s possible. Redefine impossible. (Podcast host Rich Roll)
10. Suffering strips us of our hope in finite things but also of any pretty delusions we had of ourselves. Suffering unmasks us. (Pastor, author Tim Keller)
11. The fear of change is often worse than the actual change.
12. See possibilities, not obstacles.
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63 thoughts on “Starting Over When I Should’ve Gotten There: 12 Truths”
I particularly liked the truth about failure. We do all fail, but we can grow from those failures and should look at them as opportunities…not things to dwell within.
Our greatest teacher.
I listened to your short podcast and it was the first time I’ve heard your voice. I was unsurprised to find that you speak as well as you write. As always, I admire how well you articulate your thoughts. I’m so sorry you’re in a difficult season. My thoughts, and especially my prayers, are with you.
What a treat hearing from you, Rob! You know, I was just thinking how it’s been 10 yrs since I started blogging, and it was in the early days we’d first connected. I appreciate the thoughtful word as always.
It’s hard to believe that it’s been almost 10 years since we first connected on here. I’m not really a writer, it was simply cathartic for me. I didn’t expect that anyone would read my posts, let alone comment. I also wouldn’t have expected that we’d still be communicating nearly a decade later, but here we are. 🙂
Still have 1 kiddo, he just turned 5. I’m fairly certain we could provide free electricity for our entire neighborhood if we could just figure out a way to harness his endless energy.
LoL. Sounds like a terrific healthy boy. You’re a rich man. =)
Wonderful job sister!
God bless you!
Thank you for taking the time.
Of course, more than honored to! You touch on very important matters to me!
Looking forward with hope!
Yes, we can’t be looking fwd if we’re looking back, right?
Quite true sister and so important to remind ourselves from time to time! I had to get better at letting go of past pain or disappointments or even attacks! All of it goes into building better character and faith most of all!
Oh yes, I read some of the comments about angels and they are indeed around us! I’ve met a few in very dangerous circumstances over the years that were divine intervention to guide me away from the danger or actually save me!
People need to remind themselves often that this is all God’s plan and He knows exactly what He is doing and what is best for our physical well-being and immortal souls!
“Fear not, for I am with you; Do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you. Yes, I will help you, I will uphold you with My righteous right hand” (Isaiah 41:10).
“For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare, and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope” (Jeremiah 29:11).
Meant to say that I read the comments about angels and how that dovetails with your experience when in dire need that you talked about in the recording as well.
There is so much more going on than meets the eye or that we can fully comprehend!
I appreciate your thoughtful time here.
Thank you for sharing you with us – I am moved. All is possible. May you move from strength to strength.
One of my favorite verses. Ps. 84,7
I hope the arm has healed! Thanks, Susan. ❤️
I looked it up – yes, strength 💥💙💥thank you Diane, my arm has healed!
I believe angels have visited you. May God bless you with improved health. I pray that you continue to feel better and are able to sense the blessings and miracles that happen each and every day.
Thanks so much for taking time time, Nancy. It’s one step at a time, but at least I have direction.
Light and joy,
How very inspiring you are. Keep embracing those opportunities my dear friend. Angels are indeed around us, as you discovered, and when we keep our heart and mind open miracles happen. Profound written words too. Sending love your way. 💜🙏
Thanks for taking the time, Miriam. Whether we think we can or we can’t, we’re right.
So very true
The last few years have been so hard on so many people I know. Hang in there. I do believe there are angels around us.
Thanks, friend. We have them on WP as well. You’re among the sweetest.
congrats on seeking the possible … and any/everything is indeed possible! Sounds like you have started the real healing process, it’s not easy but the rewards are amazing 🙂
Aw, hey you. Begins in the mind… =) Thanks for listening.
you have a beautiful speaking voice … good luck with it all. I did a course at the stock exchange, enabled me to live off my savings for a decade 🙂
LoL. This is my first laugh of the day. That is awesome. SO proud of you! It’s funny you share this bc I’ve been teaching my teen as I learn so that he can start out on higher ground than so many of us did. He now thinks like an investor (has been telling friends at school what he’s been learning, lol) and is about to start growing his first nest. You are full of head and heart.
really appreciate your kind words
… you have amazing inner power so whatever you do will turn into a success 🙂 Keep being special!
#8 is the one I’m so grateful I’ve learned. Thank you for sharing these nuggets, my friend💜
From what I’ve seen, you have worked hard indeed. A doctor – from New YoRK – no less. Though I wish #8 weren’t relevant to you, I’m glad you’ve found more compassion for yourself.
So good to read/hear from you after so long :)))
Hi! Good seeing your lovely face. Thanks very much for stepping in.
I was surprised to see your post, D. It seems so long ago we shared laughs and stories. I was touched deeply by your podcast, so sad yet hopeful. Your voice captured me. Here’s hoping for the best. Always, C.
It is SO good to hear from you, Curt. Yes, that was 7, 8, 9 years ago. It means a great deal that you’re here. I can feel all your best and your hopes for me. You still say it just right: yup. Sorrow and hope. I can’t wait to see what you’ve been up to. Haven’t been able to visit everyone as I’ve wished. Tell Peggy I said hi. One for each of you: ❤️❤️
You are special, D. I passed the hi onto Peggy.
You have a very pleasing voice.
Thanks, Ian. I’m glad you’re going strong, writing your heart out here. =)
I’m sorry it’s been tough. It’s been tough for me, too. Through my newsletter I’ve tried to not be whingy or depressing or repetitive. But like you, I also ran towards knowledge. I needed this, this morning. So thank you. #7 and 8 — oof.
I love your voice, I’m glad I clicked on your podcast. If you can, write more often. It’s good for folks like us to connect. xo
Yes, been too long for us, L. So nice hearing from you! I’m sorry it’s been rough, and I’m proud of you for deciding to do what you can. It’s do or die! These were all hard-won lessons. I love #7, a splash of water in the face. I appreciate the sweet word. I’d LOVE more time to write. You have an amazing spirit, not to mention that incorrigible humor. Let’s git up and going. Hug.
Hugs back. ❤ Here's to the laughter and love, my god, may we remember it's always here. xo
Granted, some failures are many stacked moments. *laugh, cry* But the earth spins and tomorrow is a new day.
‘POSSIBLE’ – Yes, that’s it. God bless you!
It is lovely to read you again, D. For me, it’s number #8. Always want to show myself compassion but never really do enough of it. But I try. Also good to hear your short audio clip. Definitely lot to be thankful for, especially after these last few years the world has seen ❤
Seems women especially are hard on ourselves. Show yourself some love today.
It is so nice to see and hear you here Diana. I’m so sorry for your losses but inspired by your words, courage, and action. Too often I’ve let myself wallow in analysis and inaction. To friends, angels and possible. Best wishes.🙏❣️
To reaching and receiving. ❤️🙌
With this post, Diana, you bring us two treasures: your words and voice. You’ve always had an elegance with the written word, and this shines through in your voice. It is heartening to hear of the hope within this post.
This post makes me pause and reflect. You seem to have reached a point where you see unlimited possibilities, and this is inspirational. While I do not know the original quote, as there have been so many renditions of this thought from the ancient Greeks to the modern day, it holds an important truth: “If you haven’t failed, you haven’t lived” And if I step back, I come to realize the more I fail, the happier I become, because I am moving forward. As you say at the end of your podcast: Inaction is ignorance. Embrace what is possible.
This process of life runs very close with the wisdom you share in your podcast and within your writing, and it runs parallel to your second point: “Pain + Reflection = Progress.” Without pain and failure, life ceases to be interesting or rewarding, and the soul will stagnate. Keep moving forward… what a great message you spread today. Wishing you happiness ~ take care. 🙂
“Without pain and failure, life ceases to be interesting or rewarding”
Well then, I take the cake for the most interesting life.
“the more I fail, the happier I become, because I am moving forward.” I’m grateful for the encouragement, R. Can’t tell you how small I have felt these past few years. I now try to fall forward.
The Marines are said to believe pain is how you know you’re alive. Here’s to being alive. 😂
Great advice. I recollect reading about a graduation speech of J K Rowling at some US University. Two points I still recollect after so many years: 1. Failure is not the opposite of success. It is a part of, a stepping stone to, success. 2. Failure sets you free. When you hit rock bottom, nothing remains to fear.
Well articulated I thought.
Thanks. Yep, once I’ve licked the floor, the rest was gravy. (I wish.)
Hi Diana. I enjoyed hearing your voice in podcast. You have a soothing voice that carries like your written words. You are empowering. I’m sorry for the bumps in your journey through life, and as I struggle some new terrain myself, I always remind myself for the gratefulness of what I do have despite the pain for what I once had. The world is spinning right now along with the planets. Seems there are too many endings as we take our baby steps into new beginnings. May you continue to rise above. Hugs ❤
Awfully sweet. I know it’s been harder than you can say. I appreciate the encouragement and send ❤️ wishes for the possibilities that are up ahead.
Thanks Diana, and Amen to possibilities – for both of us. ❤
Like your 12 point plan. It reminds me of the 12-step plan. Because both arrive at a greater good. With one difference, yours intends to get one there quicker.
Hope so, my friend. Thank you.
Words to live by, D! Hope all is well. xox
Been one thing after another. Clinging to any silver lining I glimpse. Hope it’s a great summer. I really wanted you off WP (for your sake)! Thanks for taking the time, Pam.