Life is incredibly cyclical. Things, people, and circumstances seem to show similar patterns as they enter and exit our lives. These patterns can become easily predictable as the more experience we gain, the more knowledgeable we become. With this knowledge, we can make better decisions and ensure that the mistakes of the past are not repeated. Although having this overly analytical perspective can be beneficial, it can also be incredibly mind-numbing. If we go into every experience predicting the outcome before we even take the first step, we inevitably become cynical. We see the end before we even see the beginning, destroying the opportunity to gain anything from the potential journey. Unintentionally are hearts are closed when we live life this way, and all of the glory of possibility is stifled before it ever had the chance to bloom.
As I brought in the New Year this year, I was reflecting and became enlightened by this perspective. Life is like a revolving door in continuous motion. Many things and people will come through just to go back to the outside. If we try to stop the motion, our body will just get stuck in the door! OwWwW! We cannot control the speed by which the door moves, nor can we really predict what or who will try to come through. All we can do is keep the door in motion, let go of what and who has come through our door just to swing back around to the outside, and focus on the precious few that have stuck around and made it over to the inside. We need to have faith in the natural filtration that comes from this revolving door, and make sure that, no matter what, it stays in continuous motion. Because when the door stops moving, what do we have to live for anyway?
Tomorrow, I will begin my new marathon journey. I know how things have gone in the past, but I have no idea how things will go in the future. I will be taking one day at a time, not over thinking yesterday or being too worried about tomorrow. Life has its patterns and its predictably, but there is something to be gained from what breaks that predictably. We need to let go, trust in the unpredictable, and keep our hearts open. The glorious possibilities are endless if we allow them to be.
Keep your life’s revolving door in motion, live in the moment, and have faith that the best is yet to come!