The Power of Forgiving Ourselves

In multiple occasions I have taken bad decisions. Decisions that came with a hefty price and in different forms. Decisions that at some point I regretted and wished to take back.

If you have been in situations like that, I totally understand your pain and frustration.

But we also need to look at those decisions and their consequences as a lesson from life, a lesson that teaches us something, something that can be used to improve and to be ready for the next decisions to take.

Instead of grieving forever due to the decisions we took in the past, forgiving ourselves helps us close that chapter and move on. It allows us to look at the future with an unburdened mind and gives us more clarity to base our next steps on the foundation of our resiliency and our character.

It requires great character to forgive the faults of other people, but the ultimate act of self-improvement is shown when we forgive ourselves and get ready for the next fork in the road. Remember that our current situation is the result of the multiple decisions we have made in the past. That means that our future will be determined by the kind of decisions we start taking today.

If you’re looking for a better future, you’re allowed to review your past, but only as a reference, not as a predictor of the journey ahead. Use that knowledge and put it to good use. You will thank yourself later for that.

Some people use the phrase: “I want to leave the world better than I found it”. This is a great statement, but there’s no external betterment without internal improvement. We cannot take care of others when we don’t take care of ourselves. Forgiving ourselves gives us that opportunity and it must be part of our plan to thrive in any circumstances.

I choose to forgive myself. You, my friend, please do the same.

Have a great life!

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School Degree Vs Life Degree

I love education. I believe that small learning acts, like reading, make us smarter every day.

I used to be a straight A student in Elementary and Junior High, but in High School I started to change; I noticed that I was missing out in some aspects of life where I could make a difference and still be good student.

Dedicating time to other activities had an impact my grades, but such experiences helped me see the world differently. I noticed that education at school is limited, because students normally make sure to read or learn enough to hit the mark, but life teaches in quite different ways. There are no limits, no boundaries, no boxes. It’s a green field for everyone who is trying to live life in his own terms.

While school education stops, life goes on. And then it becomes a matter of personal attitude, initiative, creativity and consistency.

I have no doubt that the foundation of formal education is needed to catapult a person into new levels of knowledge, but to be successful in today’s world there is a lot of knowledge that schools simply don’t provide. Is this part of a big plan to keep a lot of people with limited access to critical knowledge? I don’t know. However, I do know that today we can harness knowledge in ways that were almost impossible some years ago.

The fundamental issue I see is that the internet has created two types of players: the consumers and the creators. The ones who spend a lot of time watching, and those who deliver content geared towards value creation and business ventures.

Education is key to avoid being ignorant, but transforming the ideas and concepts obtained during formal education is best accomplished when it’s combined with personal life experiences, with the exclusive approach of the creator, without canned answers or proposals, but with an attitude of guidance and servant leadership to enhance the lives of others, to make an impact in those who put their trust in them.

I consume online content, but I also decided to create value, to express my ideas to inspire others the way I have been inspired by many people. I’ve been guided and I also help others become successful. I learned this thanks to the School of Life.

Success is not measure by what we accomplish in life, but what we help others accomplish in theirs.

Creator or Consumer? You decide…

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