You are writing your future each day; so make it the BEST story  possible. 

I just shared this thought in an email to my 10 year old grandGodson (my Godson’s son) and it began to resonate with me.

So many times we spend time admiring the accomplishments of others or wondering at their failures.  Many of us are still punishing ourselves for past transgressions that God has forgiven and others have forgotten.  It is becoming clearer to me each day that all we really have is this very moment.  Before you rush past that thought, go back, take a deep breath and read it again…all we have is this very moment. 

With each thought and deed we are writing the story of our lives.  Our thoughts define our internal lives – the way we think, what we believe is true; while our deeds show up in the lives we live in the world with others.  It’s not Mama’s story or Daddy’s story.  It has nothing to do with your husband, wife, lover, friend or ex.  YOU are the main character.  It is YOUR story. 

You might be asking yourself how you end up in such a story?  Before you start making a list of all the people, situations and circumstances you think are responsible for your current reality, take a minute to consider what you’ve written.  How are you living each day?

Do you have your own “pen” or have you allowed someone else to do the writing for you?  Have you become a footnote in your own life?  I don’t know about you, but I’ve often overlooked the footnotes when reading.  It’s something about their place and size that make them seem less important than the title of the book.

Take this moment to decide YOU are worth being the main character in a story YOU write for yourself.  Before you get carried away, it isn’t about thinking the world revolves around you.  It is about understanding your own self-worth in relation to others and recognizing you aren’t worth much to anyone else, if you’re not worth much to yourself. (SPECIAL NOTE TO MOMS:  I know we’ve been encouraged and supported in putting our children first.  This statement goes for us as well.  You can’t be the best mom, if you’re not the best YOU.  I’m sure I’ll have more to say about this at another time.)

Here’s a little something for us to do together:  I love those exercises that have you write your own obituary or memorial tribute.  In the next few days write yours.   It doesn’t have to go on for pages and pages; a paragraph or two will do just fine.  Read it to someone who knows you AND isn’t afraid to tell you the truth and see if they agree.

If you don’t like how yours is coming out, that’s what this moment is all about, remember?  Begin the RE-WRITE!

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