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WHAT IF NOTHING WAS A WASTE?

As I was sitting at a red light, thinking of all the choices I'd made in life and if maybe they were "the wrong ones". All of the "what ifs" started circling through my brain, which started my feeling bad, guilty, ashamed, and sad downward spiral. Just at that moment, a garbage truck turned the corner in front of me. On the side of it I read in in big, white, bold letters "What if nothing was a waste?".

This message was for me. What if all the hard things that have happened in my life, and all the poor choices, and all the shame cycles I'd created for myself could be used for something good? What if nothing was a waste? What if there was nothing to feel guilty, bad, or ashamed of? What if I could use all of these experiences to help shine a light in the dark for others going through similar things?

One thing I have learned this year is that our thoughts CREATE our feelings. If you change your thoughts about the topic, you start to feel a different way. You can feel better in almost any situation, and this isn't about pollyanna thinking.

So you if you start guilt-tripping yourself with "I should have done this", or "I wish I hadn't done that", think instead, "what are the good things that came out of it?", or "what did I learn from that situation?", or even "what if my story can help others in some way?". These thoughts feel much better than thoughts of self-blame and lamentation (besides, does beating yourself up actually help you or the situation?). 

What if everything is working out exactly as planned? What if the timing and the season of all things are perfect as they are? 

What if nothing was a waste and you have 100% control of your joy and happiness TODAY? 

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