Valentine's Day has a habit of highlighting the Sweet and Sour around us.
For every kiss that 'begins with K' there's a lonely heart sitting at home.
No, this isn't about affairs of the heart ... more like it's about Challenges and Change. Relationships are examples we can understand.
When things go sideways, it doesn't mean the entire experience was a fail. Not every lesson lasts a lifetime, and it's important to glean the wisdom we are offered and honor the opportunity for growth.
Sometimes we resist change because we are afraid of the unknown, or because we fear being seen as 'quitters' or failures.
My thoughts are that each of us must walk our own paths, listening to our deepest instincts, and everything else is simply people on the outside looking in ... opinions and theories.
Keep in mind that failure – the final taboo in modern society – is but one part of the inevitable cycle of life for those who dare to live fully and completely. To never fail at all is to fail in the biggest way.
New experiences, new relationships, even the release from a toxic or dead relationship ... Change ... All wonderful reminders of how much Life has to share with us.
These 're-dos' can be blessings in disguise.
Old patterns and dead-end habits must be purged to make room for growth and fresh starts.
We see this in the cycles of Nature, the leaves that fall from trees aren't 'garbage', they also become compost to nurture what will be further growth for the tree.
See? We are the trees and even our worst mistakes will carry something of value for us.