A Possibility of Something Better

“I have an almost complete disregard of precedent, and a faith in the possibility of something better. It irritates me to be told how things have always been done. I defy the tyranny of precedent. I go for anything new that might improve the past.”  Clara Barton

This month while talking about our theme of the month, goodness, we’ll also be discovering some wisdom from women throughout history, past and present.  What better way to start it off than with this quote from Clara Barton, nurse and founder of the Red Cross, that shares an important truth that I repeat daily to myself: there is a possibility of something better.

For me this reveals several things: first, that we’re admitting we’ve gotten to where we are.  We’re recognizing reality as it is, not making any lies for what and where we are.  Second, neither our present nor our past is necessarily bad.  But third, there is hope for something even better.

I don’t go around fixing things that aren’t broke, but in most cases people want to be more successful and improve their lives and if you want that you have to be willing to see what’s good in your life at that time and what areas you could improve.  I can appreciate how things have always been done, but just because they’ve always been done that way doesn’t mean that that’s the best way to do it.  And in 2014 everything changes quickly so the best way to do it a few years ago may not be the best way to do things now.

Of course, we have to be willing to be open to the possibility that new stuff isn’t evil, that different can be better.  But if we’re not open to doing things differently at all, you need to expect and accept that your life will not improve.  It can’t.  If nothing changes nothing can improve.

Knowing and acknowledging the past are two important things.  We can learn a lot from the past.  But what we can’t learn from the past is what the future holds.  You have control over what happens in your future by what you choose today.  What will you choose?

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