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Moving forward

Paulo Coelho said “When you can’t go back, you have to worry only about the best way of moving forward.”  Like most – if not all – of us, he has a story. In his personal story, his parents committed him to a mental institution when he was 17 for 3 years. There were most likely many times where he felt powerless and let the fact that he was victimized overwhelm him. But he ultimately found his own way out of that mire and was able to move in the only direction open to him: forward.

I have a story. It’s different from Paulo Coelho’s. I could have let the pain I suffered overwhelm me. Sometimes I made bad choices because of that pain. Ultimately, though, I moved in the same direction – the only direction – open to me. Forward.

It’s possible to rewrite your story that way, moving forward.



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