Turning Points are the Stepping Stones of Life
In every life there is a turning point. A moment so tremendous, so sharp and clear that one feels as if one’s been hit in the chest, all the breath knocked out, and one knows, absolutely knows without the merest hint of a shadow of a doubt that one’s life will never be the same. ~Julia Quinn
The idea of turning points in our lives is a powerful one. Typically we think of turning points as being the result of a big event that suddenly changes our life forever. A volunteer opportunity leads to a new career; a chance encounter at a party leads to a marriage proposal; an accident shatters one’s dreams to be an athlete and leads to a new path in life.
But more often than we realize turning points build momentum over time. There may have been many small things that led up to the event, but there is inevitably a single moment when out of the blue you realize that something has shifted inside of you, that you are no longer the person you thought you were just moments before. You decide you will no longer tolerate another person’s hurtful behavior toward you, you find the courage to follow a dream despite overwhelming odds, or you suddenly decide enough-is-enough and face down a long-held fear.
I am who I am today because of the choices I made yesterday. ~Eleanor Roosevelt
The one thing each of these events has in common is a crossroad that requires a choice on our part. These decisions are the stepping stones along our journey in life that ultimately define who we are; from the partners we choose, to the careers we pursue.
Depending on how our decisions turn out, it can be so tempting to look back to those turning points and wonder how differently life might have been had you made a different choice, but it really is foolish to linger on those thoughts. Maybe you have more turning points ahead, or maybe not, but you really need to accept your life and who you are today as being exactly right for you.
Are there experiences that stand out as turning points for you?
Whether you buy into the “all things happen for a reason” philosophy or not, taking the time to identify turning points – and how they came about – can help you get a better sense of the big picture of your life direction. Our subconscious (inner self) has a ingenious way of stubbornly pushing to be heard; nudging us in directions to identify that which we need to face, deal with, or embrace, in order for us to become the person we are meant to be.
The most important thing to keep in mind is that even if a turning point leads you in one direction – it is within your power to choose – to change direction or continue in the direction you were already on.
What turning points have you faced in your life? How have you chosen to step forward?
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