The best five years? The next five years

BestFiveYears

A few years ago I was talking with someone close to me. He was lamenting the fact that he had spent what he saw as his “best five years” working for a guy who used him up and spit him out.

Without thinking I said, “Those weren’t your best five years. Your best five years are your next five years.” I’ve tried to remember that insightful moment since then.

Way too often we waste time thinking about what might have been. We wish we had done something different. Or we wish someone else had done something different.

The way it is is the way it is. We can’t change what happened or how we got here.

We can change how we approach the current situation, and that would make things better in the future. It will certainly make things better now.

 

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