You Get a Do-over; What Will You Do With It?

Nicole Akers
Sep 16 · 5 min read
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You get a rare opportunity to walk through an experience again. It’s nothing you ever expected and you are grateful for the opportunity. You’ve gained experience and wisdom to make a better decision. Erase regrets and walk through the situation the way you wish you would have done it the first time.

What will you do with this differently with a do-over? It might just transform your life. Will you take Ayo’s Advice? Start a conversation with him about whether or not his advice fits your life. Use #Ayos Advice as a tag in your responses to this:

Ayodeji AwosikaAyos Advice

The Only Effective Key to Transforming Your Life — Curated

You make a mistake, fail to get an outcome you want or run into an obstacle.

Instead of bouncing back from that mistake or overcoming the challenge, you let that individual “failure” or setback deposit into your “failure and setback account” — meaning you add another tally to the “L” side of the win-loss column you call your life. → READ MORE.

If you don’t like Ayo’s Advice, or even if you do, write the story about how a different decision changed your life.

Michael’s Weekly Prompt

Write a story about a choice you made that you might have made differently had you known what would have happened.

In your story, please include the circumstances leading up to your choice, what you were thinking when you chose and speculate on what might have happened had you chosen differently.

See the full prompt here.

Editor’s Choice that fulfills last week’s prompt about how life is better with animal friends:

Butch, our Childhood Companion. by Lynette Clements

Butch, as far as we were concerned, was a Bull Terrier, though he was a crossbreed; he resembled a Bull Terrier in looks and he had the temperament and characteristics of that breed, so he deserved to be known as that. However, as I peer at the old black and white photographs → READ MORE.

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We have all heard that we need to fight.

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I’m still walking on the top side of the grass.

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Work and family crash over you like an avalanche and your commitment to lift more, run farther or finally do that Zumba class is swept away. You feel guilty, but wait. → READ MORE.


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And they’re lies. → READ MORE.

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Why are you angry? It is not good for you” — I do not remember my mom ever saying that. Now, as a parent of young girls, it seemed the natural thing to do. So, I followed up with my mom. → READ MORE.

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The question is often overlooked with the panacea of statements like: “Let it go;” “It’s all good;” or “It is what it is.” → READ MORE.

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Write something great this week!


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