JUST DO IT
Updated: Jan 31, 2021
Can you really reinvent yourself? Even after years of looking at the world a certain way. Is it possible to change the direction of your life–mid-life? Some say you can’t teach an old dog new tricks or that they are just stuck in their ways. I have my own saying, you can’t re-raise grown folk;-). What I noticed about these sayings is that they involve someone else trying to change another person. That does not turn out well because change has to come from within. Trying to change others is exhausting, frustrating and futile. Its hard not to try especially when you are in relationship with them. You can create an environment for change but ultimately it is up to that individual. So back to the original question . Can you reinvent yourself even mid-life? Can you change even if you have had the same mindset (that you find is not really working for you as you would like) your whole life? I posed this question to my husband and he said yes you can. I agreed with that but then I asked him ultimately “how” do you do it? Now my husband being the no-nonsense get to the point type of person he is said, (sounding like a Nike commercial) “just do it”. I then asked, but what if you don’t know what to do? What if you don’t know how to start to make that change? As I said before my husband is a very to the point type of guy and one of the wisest people I know. If you want the truth with no fluff or frills he’s your man. He then said this is how you make the change: when you start to make a decision that will lead you down that same old path that you don’t want, make a new decision. Do something else, one decision at a time, one day at a time. That for me was an “aha” moment and it made perfect practical sense. It was also very doable.
The Word says: Romans 12:2 NIV
Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.
I believe real joy is found right smack dab in the middle of God’s will. And that joy will be infectious and spread to many others and help those in need and want of that same joy. But in order to get to that place of real joy we must do what the scripture says. We must give ourselves permission to be different. Even when it is uncomfortable for us and those around us. We have got to open our minds to the changes that God is trying to make in our lives and follow His lead. That is all a part of renewing our minds. We all know when a change needs to be made. We feel in our spirit when the old way of thinking or responding is no longer working….for us. We must stop resisting change and settling for those old mindsets because honestly who is that serving? Life is short. God’s path will lead us to His perfect will for our lives, which will lead us to our joy, one decision at a time, one day at a time.
If you’re going to think deep you’ve gotta go deep, then you’ve gotta do deep or you will just frustrate yourself! Go ahead. You’ve already got everything inside of you to make that change. Just do it.
With Love, Ms Wanda, GAC