Closing Chapters And Moving On Isn't Easy
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Closing Chapters: It's Not easy

"You can't move forward with one foot stuck in the mud." -Agapi Stassinopoulos


You know when someone accomplishes something great and moves on to bigger and better things, and they refer to it as opening and closing chapters? For instance, when a student graduates, they say they "closed a chapter" from their life and so they're on to a new beginning.

During my years of existence thus far, I have found that moving on can bring forth disturbance, fear, and anxiety. I tend to turn a blind eye to the idea that more beneficial relationships, environments, skills, and results are on their way if I'm courageous enough to move forward.

I forget that change is good and that my worries won't impact anything. It slips my mind that just one foot in front of the other eventually amounts to actions leading towards my dreams.

But when I remember that such discomfort is normal, I don't worry any less. I'm aware that on the other side of my comfort zone lies opportunities for me to grow. But I think that this is exactly what makes people freeze up in the first place.

It is truly hard to walk away from a place that you feel comfort in, into unfamiliar grounds.

I feel uneasy with just the thought of the possbilities. I wonder what really does await on the other side until I find myself not getting anywhere because I'm afraid of what lies ahead.

As I read from "Wake Up To The Joy Of You", I found that Agapi Stassinopoulos sheds light on the idea that we are the creators of our own life. She claims that if we are to just relax and trust the process, good things are bound to come if we stay true to ourselves and work for what we desire. She also states that "you can't move forward with one foot stuck in the mud", meaning that if there is something blocking my progress, I need to figure out the source.

I can't even finish a book, TV show, or a movie without getting upset. Those pages before the book is about to end are just filled with anxiety. The very last episode before the season is over makes me wonder how I could possibly watch another show with a whole other set of characters. Minutes before the movie is over, I hope that the movie goes on and on so that there isn't an ending.

I'm the same way when it comes to projects. It's hard for me to start them and even more so finishing them.

In order to manifest what I want and bring new things into my life for the better, I have to create positive intentions, imagine what I want, prepare, and have enthusiasm, according to Agapi.

Agapi also states that "discernment is the compass that shows where you want to go, discipline is the work of rowing that gets you where you want to go, and devotion is the boat that carries you forward." With those words, I found understanding that I have everything I need to make things happen. I just need to set it in my mind that I can complete one goal at a time.

She also pushes that it's so important to not listen to your inner critique when it's judging you.

With these motivational words, I have found some peace. I just have to keep reminding myself that change is good, and things will turn out okay.

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