where i’m going

Last time, I ended by saying that I’d share more about where I’ve been.  Here’s the deal: there comes a point in time that the past is no longer a part of our story, at least not the part we share when we are getting to know each other.  If we’d met twenty years ago, I would have shared the heartache of watching my parent’s marriage being torn apart.  Fifteen years ago, I’d have told you all about the ex-fiance who turned out to be my stalker.  And as recently as last summer, I would have expressed the disappointment in lost dreams and in an unexpected change of plans. And the funny thing is, those incidents were  in the past.  But I carried it with me as though it were a part of my identity.  “Hello, I’m Sharon.  My Dad had an affair, my ex was a dangerous conman who used to stalk me, and my husband and I barely survived when he lost his job.”  Traumatic moments do influence who we are; who we become, but when there’s something new and better to talk about, why dig up the past?

A couple of months ago, I found myself wondering, “Why do we share old news as though it’s still in our lives?”  I was married, with a beautiful daughter and still sharing those stories.  I had a new story.  I have a new story. I believe we hang on to the past for as long as we are reckoning with it, or as long as we feel victim to it.

I have friends and relatives who can’t believe their dumb luck; who feel like life is full of hard knocks that keeps them down.  My observation is that many who are down trodden are so because of their own choices; because the only role they know in life is that of the victim.  If you’re in a never ending cycle of misfortune, take a look at your choices, your friends, your lifestyle.  The answer to your problems may be staring back at you in the mirror.

Bad things do happen.  No one is immune to the trials of life.   We will suffer.  And we wouldn’t be human if we didn’t react to the hardship that comes our way.  I’m certainly not encouraging denial.  What I am encouraging is this: rise above your circumstances.  Live life to the fullest and be thankful for new beginnings.

My parent’s marriage survived.  They celebrated their 44th wedding anniversary last February.  I am married to a man who adores me, and we have a daughter whom we adore.   My husband is gainfully employed.  My health has largely improved and we are currently pursuing new dreams.  And the best thing of all, I feel whole again.

Many days, I find myself giddy with joy, much like the bubbly little girl who sang “Oh, How I Love Jesus” with all of her heart.  I’ve learned to trust that no matter what the circumstances, I’m going to be safe and sound in the One Who first loved her.

I hope we have that in common.

Until next time,

Sharon

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After 17 years in an elementary classroom, Mrs. Hines retired from teaching to pursue her passions: decorating, writing and homemaking. While her formal education is in teaching, she discovered her talent for design at a young age and is a self-taught decorator. Mrs. Hines' DIY spirit has earned her appearances on the show Deals which airs on the Live Well Network. She continues to teach and inspire on her popular Lifestyle blog, Mrs. Hines' Class. Homemaking is Mrs. Hines' first love. So, when she isn't decorating or writing, you can find her at home watching television with Mr. Hines or trying to keep up with her teenaged daughter.

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  1. oh i so need to share this with someone dear that keeps stubbing his toes on the past.(and he was treated VERY badly by family including parents) BUT how long are they going to continue robbing him of his life and joy.??

  2. If I can help someone, then by all means share away! Keep me posted.

  3. shirley@housepitalitydesigns says:

    There are many bends in the road of life…it is how we react and deal with them that makes us stronger….you obviously are strong as a result of the past hurt in your life…as you said, the past is the past and we should always look forward and not behind our shoulder…Embrace the present and everything else will fall into place….

  4. Wow, I could be your MOTHER!!!!!!!!!!! Joe and I ahve been martied 44 years too! Now I REALLY feel old:):) What you wrote is so true. Joe has a cousin who is such a downer person. he nEVER has a positive comment about anything and delights in telling you how bad off he is. It is very depressing to be around him. Hope you are having a great weekend. XO, Pinky

  5. i am so concerned that people will feel/react this way to my hsb.

  6. But a young Mother! ;)

  7. You are obviously a very strong woman, too, Shirley. Your family and friends are blessed to have you!

  8. I am having a wonderful weekend! p.s. My parents married when they were just 17 and 18 yrs. old. So, you might be old enough to be my mother, but you’d be a young mother!

  9. In what way do you mean?

  10. that they will be tired of hearing is story. He has not been able to hand the ugliness of his childhood over to the Lord and sometimes i see the glazed over look on peoples’ faces when he starts to talk about it again.It is sad because he is such a wonderful follower of the Lord and this being unresolved is such a Joy robber. I continue to pray for his peace about this

  11. He is fortunate to have you by his side, believing in him and praying for him. I know it must be hard for you to watch him struggle with his past. I hope your husband finds peace. Have you shared your concerns with him?

  12. glenda scoggins says:

    Thanks I needed that today. You put into words so well
    Thanks

  13. I’m glad it helped!

  14. more with Him. hsb is quite sensitive and it is difficult to speak of some things without his feeling i am not being properly sympathetic.

  15. This is just what I needed, Sharon! I’m kicking myself in the pants right now … no more dwelling on the past.

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