Have you ever made a decision that you thought was a good decision at the time, but then to find out later that it was probably the worst decision you could have made?
Like the time when I was in kindergarten standing in line waiting for the bus and instead of going to the bathroom, I decided it was just easier to pee in my dress. Yes, that was me in the pigtails with pee trickling down my bare legs. Cute image, right?
Or the time when I was a junior in high school and wanted to fit in so I decided that I HAD to have the quintessential perm. My hair was so big, I was pretty certain I was mistaken for a bird’s nest.
Or how about the time when I was a promising young professional hoping to make my parents proud, but instead made one horrible decision that lead to a serious of unfortunate events that adversely affected the people I loved.
I got over peeing in my dress, and eventually straightened out my hair, but I have been struggling to get over that last decision. Over the past 7 years, I have been reliving this incredibly emotional time in my life. I had disappointed my family, my friends, and most of all, myself. I allowed the guilt to consume my life, so much so that it kept me from pursuing the dreams and passions that have been bubbling in my heart.
But then something sort of amazing transpired. For the past two weeks, I’ve been addicted to a homemade concoction that I absolutely love. I call it Lemon Spice Infused Tea. As I was drinking the tea last night, it occurred to me why I was so drawn to this drink.
Whenever I drink this tea, I can’t help but BE present, as opposed to reliving the past in my thoughts. Not only do the intense flavors of the fresh ginger, mint, lemon, cloves, cinnamon and honey awaken my senses, it’s as if every sip holds the seed to a new beginning.
I have been yearning to start over for so long, and somehow this tea entered my life to give me a little kick, literally. In actuality, we can decide to pick ourselves up to start over at any point in our lives.
We can mark any moment as the beginning of something new, something better, or something more meaningful.
I think the worst decision I ever made in my life was the decision to allow fear and guilt to control me. At this moment, I am making the decision once and for all to end my relationship with these limiting emotions. I am letting you go and moving forward!!
What decision will you make RIGHT NOW to mark a new moment in your life? If you don’t know, I invite you to make my little tea concoction, let it steep in hot water for at least 15 minutes, and then savor each sip as you reflect.
Enjoy being present, and know that each sip holds the seed of a new beginning to whatever is bubbling in your heart.