“Now that you’re starting from scratch, you can think of a lot of possibilities- what you can do, what you can be- something better, bolder, something more attuned to who you really are.”
That’s how the long conversation began with my brother. Thomas Edison had a life-changing experience once and he was so grateful for it.
When he saw his factory burning down, Edison was all the more excited that he called his son and wife to witness the fire destroying all of his hard work. They felt pity for him but he felt relief.
Puzzled, the son asked him why he feels that way and his response knocked them down. “Don’t you see it?! Now I can start again! All the mistakes are gone. I can start with a clean slate!”
The attitude! Right? As Lenny Kravitz said, “ It ain’t over till it’s over”. When life hits you hard, you hit back too, but, harder! That’s the beauty of starting from scratch. Think of it as life handing you a clean plate and on it, you can put all the delicious stuff your mouth can crave for- sumptuous, exquisite and delightful meal, literally everything your hands can grab, everything you ask for, everything you can imagine! Fantastic isn’t it?!
Years ago, I was lucky to go to college in a city far away from my home. Soon as I entered the gates, my heart actually exclaimed “This is great! I can start anew. I can start fresh. I can reinvent myself and create a new me!” That’s a lot to take in for a young mind, but girl, that was freedom!!
Stick to what’s familiar, and you’ll get so used to it that you forget to grow. What happens then? You’ll miss the chance of discovering and rediscovering yourself. You’ll miss your possibilities, your highest potential, and the best version of you.
So why do people stay stuck? Fear. For one, we don’t want to be judged by peers for being different than everybody else, for changing and shaking things up not a bit, but big time. We also don’t want to labor hard or harder in any case. We want a pain-free, struggle-free existence. Well I say, you’re welcome to do anything you want to do. It’s entirely up to you.
When life kicks your butt it’s actually good. As when lightning strikes, your body jolts up and you’re finally more alert, more alive. We’re all sleeping beauties you know, we need someone or something to wake us up, to give us clearer vision and wonder-woman-courage- to feel invincible again!
Uproot yourself and fly- far away so you cover more grounds, the world is a much bigger place than you imagine.
It all boils down to perspective- how you see things and how you see through them, and your attitude. You don’t ask “Why?”, “Why Me” anymore. Instead, you ask, “What now?”
A.H. Wilson said it right about Edison’s experience that fateful day, “Well, the next thing to do, is to dive right in and rebuild”!