Creating A New Life
BY: T. Franklin Murphy | January 14, 2019
The first steps into a new life are arduous, full of challenge and discouragement. Keep going; it gets easier.
Tomorrow is a new day—a clean slate. A quaint idea, erasing culpability for yesterday. While tomorrow will be weighted with the poor decision of the past, it can be a new beginning. A new day where we can make better choices.
We can change the trajectory of our life. We are challenged to accept the present with the marks and bruises from yesterday. We have added wisdom to face tomorrow, more exposure to life. We make choices tomorrow with a little more foundation than the day before. Each day’s actions expand and contract the choices available later. The present is precious. Yesterday still exists regardless of new commitments. Someone who persistently spends twenty-years planning for retirement has more opportunities at sixty than someone newly planning on retirement after decades of squandering resources.
"Each day’s actions expand and contract the choices available later. The present is precious."
Changing a trajectory takes work. Life follows the momentum—power not easily redirected. We can’t erase a history of wrongs with a few rights. We will continue to experience residual effects from the past; but as we move forward, change begins. New choices shape the future. New opportunities arise. New habits form. New trajectories take hold and life is new.
There is a point in the courageous journey of change—the tipping point; the accumulation of new choices eventually out-weighs the past. Changes begin to gain traction and new live emerges from the rubble. Many give up before the tipping point. The fight is too much, slipping back to old routines and familiar consequences.
Courage! Patience! Persistence! You can make it, and it’s worth it.