Hey Fitties! It’s 5 Minute Friday time! We’re writing straight out, 5 minutes. No judgment no self-censorship. Write just to write without worrying about what’s coming out on the page.

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My favorite quote is “It’s never too late to be what you might have been” by George Eliot.  The lands of possibility contained in that quote encourage me that, no matter false starts or unsatisfying paths I’ve attempted, it’s never to late to start over. To make my life new.

Often the message we hear in the world is one of defeat. “I always wanted to do this or study that or travel here or make this…. but I never did and now it’s too late.”  Really? If you have breath in your body, you can make a new start. You can have a new life.

I think sometimes we find ourselves defined by the mistakes we’ve made, the poor decisions, the stupid amount of debt we took on, the hurts we’ve caused, the failures we’ve experienced. We think there’s no way out from the mess we’ve created.  Often, that’s true. When our own selfishness or pigheadedness or sheer laziness has lead us somewhere dreadful, our own abilities won’t get us out of the hole. Another great quote: “A problem cannot be solved with the same level of thinking that created it.” 

 You need something bigger, better, more powerful than yourself to lift you out of the muck when you’re down in it.  Sometimes, rescue comes in the form of mentors who have been where you are and they show you a way out. How do you learn to hope for something new? How do you learn to believe in something better? How do you have faith that mistakes can be redeemed?

I know how I learned to hope. I’m wondering how you learned hope? Care to share?