Can you think back to a time in your life when you thought, “I wish I knew THEN what I know NOW?” Or, “What was I THINKING when I did THAT?”
The person who invents a working crystal ball would make a killing on Shark Tank. (Mr. Wonderful would never call it poo-poo on a stick.)
But would we really want to know everything before it plays out?
I did what I did (and you did what you did) working with what I knew at the time.
As my favorite Maya Angelou quote goes, “When you know better, you DO better.”
Oh how I wish I understood that my time in high school would have been better spent studying or participating in activities rather than hiding from cliques and crushing on boys who never gave me the time of day.
If I understood that my time in college would rush by, hoisting me into the working world for the REST OF MY LIFE, would I not have savored it more? Instead, I finished in 3.5 years so I could get out there and start making a living. (Which was $75 a WEEK at the local cable TV station.)
Would I have taken the QVC job had I known I’d be laid off less than half a year later?
Or would I have joined that church if I had known it would be a destructive cult?
Would I have married my ex if I knew fourteen years later the marriage would end?
Well, in a way I’m glad I didn’t have a crystal ball. Because there’s no more captivating entry on my resume than that QVC experience. I made the best friends of my life – to this DAY – in that church. And my ex and our journey together got me to where I am now, and I wouldn’t trade that for anything.
Time offers clarity of perspective sans the pain of the experience.
No, we wouldn’t have chosen some of the pain, but it sure was used for GOOD, ultimately.
What I do understand is that all things work together for good, aka, “Everything’s always working out for me.”
I bemoaned to a counselor once, “What about all the wasted years??? Is it too late for me???”
Her reply: “What was wasted if you learned from it? And while you have breath, is it ever too late?”
Some of you may be going through stuff you simply can’t understand right now. Give it time. Clarity, and with it, understanding, will come.
And in the meantime, look back over your shoulder and consider the mountains you’ve climbed; the dark tunnels that eventually flooded with light – and know that this, too, shall pass.
How lovely that in this two week span that includes Valentine’s Day, the angels are asking you to consider BEAUTY. I’m looking forward to digging into that word over the next two weeks.
LOVE, LOVE and more LOVE –