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January 1st, 2016
by Rhonda Herrington Bulmer

January 1, 2016


Dear Rhonda:

This is a reminder that it’s not too late.
Remember the minutes, the hours and the days will pass whether you do “that thing” or not. It is the moment by moment choices we make that move us forward.

Or backward.

And it’s not a competition, either. This is an important point for you, because you have a nasty habit of wallowing in self-pity, which is a sinful waste of time.

Yes, I said sinful.

You watch The Others: those who’ve already accomplished the things you’ve longed to accomplish, some of them at a younger age. They’ve made different choices, perhaps, but is it your business to judge yourself by someone else’s journey? They are farther down the road, it’s true, and they run faster. They reach each bend and disappear long before you arrive and you always feel you might never catch up.

But as long as you are watching their journey, you stop paying attention to your own. You lift your focus away from being curious, away from reveling in the lovely moments and away from summoning courage to weather the difficult ones when they pass through like a storm.

Anyway, it’s been written before, and by a far more eloquent hand:

Not that I have already obtained it or have already become perfect, but I press on so that I may lay hold of that for which also I was laid hold of by Christ Jesus. Brethren, I do not regard myself as having laid hold of it yet; but one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and reaching forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.…” (Philippians 3: 12-15)

Stop saying you’re not as favoured as other people. Stop wondering if you’ll ever be good enough. Despair is a luxury you cannot afford and such words bring you dangerously close to standing still.

In fact, try to stop focusing on yourself at all, and focus more on being a conduit for whatever positive thing might come through you. Please do not waste the irreplaceable commodity of time.

It’s a finite resource, this concept of time. And yet, not something to fear. Instead, be mindful with purpose,appreciating precious moments with the ones you love.

Oh, and…don’t forget to write about them.

2 Responses to “Memorandum”

  1. Allan Hudson says:

    Wise words Rhonda. It is indeed “never too late” to accomplish our goals or at least get started.

  2. Suzanne LeBlanc says:

    Thanks for the reminder! XO

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