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Experiences that change you…

Posted by georgiannasaysjustdoyou on October 5, 2010

“A mind that is stretched by a new experience can never go back to its old dimensions.” – Oliver Wendell Holmes

Ever have a moment where you wish you could rewind?  It could be because you want to re-live an experience, or it could be because you want to erase one.  Neither is possible.  You can try to create future experiences, but what is done is done.  The beauty and the catastrophe of it all is that it has changed you permanently.

I like this quote from Oliver Wendell Holmes because it captures the message exactly.  Life hands you many experiences, it is how you navigate through them that helps you to be the person you are.  You could gloat and brag about something positive, you could cry or lash out about something negative.  All of the reactions you have send a message.  Sometimes you will surprise yourself with your reactions.

The reality is that you wake up every day and each day is an opportunity to recreate positive experiences and an opportunity to move away from the negative ones.  It’s not like you can try to shrink that stretched out t-shirt by throwing it in the dryer over and over.  Once it is stretched out, it is stretched out.

Developing coping skills for negative experiences doesn’t happen overnight and it doesn’t always happen without the help of someone who has been there or who is trained to help.  So many people we know have been through traumatic events and get up every day trying to put one foot in front of the other.  Just know if you are one of those people, you are not alone.  Putting your head in the sand does not make your problem go away and it doesn’t erase the past.  I believe in the power of prayer and the power of support networks.  If you haven’t nurtured yours or even created one, don’t wait until you need it.  It will be invaluable when the time comes.

*I just want to thank my support network for always being there when I need them!  XO

I don’t have the answers, but I always have thoughts.  Won’t you share yours?


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