There’s No Such Thing As Wasted Years
Jonathan Mielec
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I’m about to fuk up this comment with some choice quotes. Mark Twain said “nobody likes change except a wet baby” and as coarse as I sometimes find that quote, I also find it extremely poignant. Change rarely comes about from comfort. It’s the discomfort, the gritty, itchy, yucky stuff that makes us say enough, I’m done. At the very least it’ll force you into a different space and at very best it’ll make you stop and think about how you got there and how to avoid it in the future. That’s called growth. And as one of my favorite authors, Wayne Dyer, said (which I’m paraphrasing a bit since I can’t recall it exactly)….the difference between being alive and dead is growth, dead things don’t grow. So as this article illustrates in such a beautiful way, nothing is wasted if it yields growth. And growth takes time, sometimes years…decades. But is always worth it. Thank you for reinforcing that idea. Thank you for sharing your journey. I loved it.

As I read this article I cant help but reminisce of Portia Nelson’s Biography in Five Chapters…

“I walk down the street.

There is a deep hole in the sidewalk

I fall in.

I am lost…

I am hopeless.

It isn’t my fault.

It takes forever to find a way out.

I walk down the same street.

There is a deep hole in the sidewalk.

I pretend I don’t see it.

I fall in again.

I can’t believe I’m in the same place.

But it isn’t my fault.

It still takes a long time to get out.

I walk down the same street.

There is a deep hole in the sidewalk.

I see it is there.

I still fall in…it’s a habit

My eyes are open; I know where I am;

It is my fault.

I get out immediately.

I walk down the same street.

There is a deep hole in the sidewalk.

I walk around it.

I walk down another street.”

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