Reflections on past present and future. · Ryder Family Farm- Southern Illinois
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Reflections on past present and future.

Reflections on past present and future.

Do you reflect on your life journey? Do you see how one thing leads you to another, does it help you to face the future and the present?

Looking back and reflecting upon the journey is something I tend to do. It gives me perspective on the current events when I look back to see how we got here. I always try to see the positive side of things when I reflect and I seldom have regrets about things. I tend to look back and reflect after the accomplishments in life, it comforts me and gives me the strength to face what is in the future.

N got the official “we want to fly you out here for an interview” communication yesterday after applying to a number of different places. He has built his on air career from nothing and it has only taken him 6 years. Now he has paid his dues and we both feel he is ready and deserves to move on to a better paying more rewarding job. Financial security is important to us and we are also looking to end up somewhere for an extended amount of time so we can buy a home and start a family. Moving on from his current job and leaving family/ friends behind is just part of moving forward in life and his career.

Life has given us plenty of time to come to terms with this and to prepare for the future. Back in February 2006 I wrote a post called Destiny and the Journey of Life- everything happens for a reason that outlined N’s job saga and the 2005 announcement that the station was up for sale. Our world was shattered by the news and we began coming to terms with the fact that we would not be living in our town long term.

Then the news station didn’t sell and began looking less and less likely to. N’s contract was ending and new contract negotiations began, we knew that if we didn’t like the presented offer we would have to find another job offer somewhere else that was better. Again we were faced with the possibility of having to pick up and move elsewhere for a better job.

Come August 2006 more contract negotiations are in the works and eventually N is offered a promotion at his job that is good for the ole resume and for the pocket book. It includes management responsibilities that he is optimistic about and he decides to take the offer, that locks us in for a bit longer here.

In March 2008 we went through more crappy contract negotiations and this time the offer just did not seem worthwhile for the long run so N shows them who is boss and rejects the crappy contract offer, says he will get through the remainder of his current crappy contract and then will move on.

Basically we have been in limo land with N’s job since 2005 and have known that leaving Arizona and pursuing better opportunities was the direction we were headed. We have been presented with a number of chances to stay put and avoid change and until now they were all somewhat worthwhile at the time. I know they were necessary to get us to where we are today but I also know that it is time for change now.

It has been a worthwhile 3 year journey that has taught us much about what we are capable of. We now know what we want and what we don’t. Most importantly, we have finally decided that we are capable of getting it.

I think that the biggest thing that holds people back is their own doubts and insecurities. If you don’t believe in your self 100% how can you possibly convince others to believe in you? Up until recently we have been doubting ourselves and feeling insecure, I know that has kept us from experiencing the success we desire.

Do you think you have been doubtful or insecure about change in your life? Has it impacted your success or lack thereof when you reflect upon it?

I know that staying positive and hopeful about our abilities is an ongoing battle for everyone. Especially for us through this recent bout of job searching but remaining hopeful and confident is essential to your success!

Reflections are important because they help us to see how we were in the past so that we can improve for the future.

If you are experiencing times of change or uncertainty take a moment to reflect on the past in a positive light, see how it got you to where you are today. Praise yourself for how far you have come and how much you have grown, then figure out what you can do different this time to achieve even better results!

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  • teeni
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    Very nice post – inspiring. Reflecting positively is a good thing, thanks for reminding me to do it more often.

    May 6, 2008 at 4:09 pm
  • Love the image! Suits the post beautifully. Do I smell a puzzle?

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    May 6, 2008 at 4:18 pm
  • Sometimes I feel like I have the opposite problem with times of uncertainty. I just moved to my 13th address in 6 years. In the past, I would dwell on whether or not I made the right or wrong decisions, but like you said, I need to follow where it’s taken me. How it has shaped my life. For the most part, I’m thankful.

    Great post 🙂

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    May 6, 2008 at 4:25 pm
  • I reflect a lot on where we’ve been and how far we’ve come. I look for signs (some people call them coincidences)that tell me I’m exactly where I’m supposed to be at exactly that moment. Unfortunately, even when I’m not my happiest, I’m right where I’m supposed to be.

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    May 6, 2008 at 5:26 pm
  • What a wonderful post.

    I keep a diary and I find that really useful for reflecting and planning and generally dealing with change. I sometimes go back and read things I have written from difficult times and see how I got through them and somehow that makes present uncertainties easier to deal with.

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    May 8, 2008 at 6:01 am
  • great post! I think it’s also important to reflect on your past in a “right” way for yourself. That’s what i’ve learned to do. One should never get stuck in the past disappointments and regrets, and should consider it as lessons and personal experience. One should always try to be optimistic, though it’s very hard sometimes. But we should never give up and know that all will pass. I have been reflecting on my life a lot and i know that i’ve never been happier about all the things in my life! Thank you for this inspirational post!

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    May 8, 2008 at 11:50 am

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