“Your history is not your destiny…”

“To grow, you must be willing to let your present and future be totally unlike your past. Your history is not your destiny.” – Alan Cohen

I have always been fascinated with people who were born with chains as umbilical cords. And how some are still afraid of cutting themselves loose. Hopefully, I have not lost anyone this early into the posting.  Let me explain, the idea of breaking chains is metaphorical. It symbolizes one’s ability to free themselves from whatever holds them bound. A chain can be a lover, a friend, our job, etc. And when you neglect breaking the chains, you are instantly weighed down. More importantly, you hinder yourself from growing. 

Occasionally, I browse the web for motivational quotes. I find that having something to reflect on helps me a lot of times. Today, I found the quote written above, thus giving birth to this blog posting. The quote reads, “To grow, you must be willing to let your present and future be totally unlike your past. Your history is not your destiny.”  We all make mistakes, in order to learn. Your shortcomings along the way were planned by God to reveal, not steal. When you submit to these mistakes and shortcomings, you give them the power to alter your future. Whatever it is that you did last week, should stay there. Why bring it into a new week? That mistake in 82′, should not be in 09′. 

As I often say, I am not an expert. I am constantly learning how to let go. Yet, recently it occurred to me that if I didn’t cut the chain, I would live my life attached to my past. I would never meet my destiny.  And with that revelation, I started a mission to focus on my future, who cares about my past? What I am learning is that my future is keeping me so busy, that I don’t have time to reminiscence on my past anyway. This is what I encourage you all to do, as well. Reflect on your experiences, and find the lessons. After absorbing the lessons, welcome your destiny. 

Our lives are too short. What a shame it would be to leave the world knowing that your destiny was never fulfilled, because you could never break the chains, in order to live. The good news is that if you’re reading this, it’s not too late. Break those chains, and claim what is rightfully yours.

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