It Is Funny What Motivates Us To Make Changes.
Sometimes relatively small things grab our attention and force us to look at the bigger picture. When I began to get pulled over for DUIs, it was the beginning of the end of my addiction, although I did not realize it at the time. In fact, I am living proof of the old saying, “Hindsight is 20/20”! I can attest that looking back is much easier than looking at the present or looking forward.
Natalie Gulbis said, “When you fail, you learn from the mistakes you made and it motivates you to work even harder.” Sometimes we do not see at the time how failure works into the pattern of our lives for the better. In fact, failure can be one of the most defining moments of our lives, but it may be very difficult to see at the time it happens.
In my own case, the pattern of being pulled over for DUIs and the escalating consequences of those arrests led to my own epiphany: I began to realize that if I did not get my life under control I was going nowhere but down. However, I did not come to this realization instantly! Instead, I began to realize this truth gradually, although I had more than one “ah-ha!” moment, as I have heard it called.
The fact remains that sometimes we see things more clearly after we have lived through experiences than when we are going through them. This is not a new thought; people have known for years that it is often much easier to perceive patterns when we look back over the past than when we are in the present. I believe this is because in the present we are busy sifting through all the input we receive, but when we look back we can filter the unimportant and are left with only the important facts about what has occurred. We also have the advantage of seeing what came both before and after an event and how it fit into the pattern of our lives.
Take a look back at your own life. Are there lessons you can apply to your present that would help you to become a better person today?