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In life, we have both good and bad experiences. Our experiences often shape who we are, what we think, and how we feel. This shaping can be so impactful that marriages fail because of baggage of prior relationships, people lose jobs because of behaviors at previous companies, and communication is broken today because of the inability to effectively communicate in the past. So yes, experiences are impactful.
Today, I want to challenge you to look at your experiences as just that, however do not allow them to skew your entire perception of a person, a place, or even an event. For example, if one had a bad experience with a women, then in his mind all women are no good. Or if you had a bad experience at a restaurant, then you refuse to go to any of them. Or if you had an argument with your mom ten years ago, you still refuse to have any interaction with her and the entire family. I am not saying that issues are real, but I am saying learn how to deal with them and move on. Live and enjoy life in spite of the past, do not operate in fear and restriction because of it.
So what is the life empowered moment for today, allow your experiences to be just that, learn from them, but don't allow them to keep you from realizing the best life that you can full of love, joy and happiness.
My dad was 50 years old when he passed away. I was expecting my second child when I found out that he was ill. My mom kept prompting me to come by but being so busy with life, I kept putting it off. What's worse is that they lived about 10 minutes from me, but I just didn't seem to have the "time". When I finally saw him, he was a shell. He had lost about 100 pounds, wasn't eating much, and no longer able to work... he was just there. Soon after, I quit my job and went to see him daily. I did whatever I could to help, including cook, clean, and sometimes just kept him company. Once I realized that my time was limited with him, I wanted to spend all that I could with him. Not even three months later he had passed away.
Why am I sharing this with you? Because as I am getting older, my priorities are shifting and my experience with him is a primary motivation. Those last three months of his life taught me the following life empowered activities:
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