Moving Forward

By CreativeWings, 7 November, 2010

“I skate to where the puck is going to be, not where it has been.” – Wayne Gretzky

A friend with sent me this quote, and as seems to happen so often in my life, it couldn’t have been timed better.

I had, days before, been talking with a friend who is going through a difficult time. We were discussing her current situation and some of the choices she was making that seemed more rooted in the past than in the future.

The past often calls in siren tones and lulls you into believing that what was, is the only possibility. We are well acquainted with the people and behaviors that the past held for us, and in tough times, even bad pasts can be a comfort because we know what to expect of them.

I shared with her my belief that you literally need to wake up each morning and consciously make the decision to choose the future. Easy to do? Not at all, but the future holds the promise of joy, happiness and possibilities that you cannot today imagine – it’s where the puck is going to be.

Yes, to be fair, it may also hold some tough choices and painful separation from that familiar, comfortable past, but ultimately, the past is where the puck was.

Tomorrow, I am going to choose to skate to where the puck is going to be.

Choose Love

By CreativeWings, 24 October, 2010

I have a dry erase board on my fridge that says in bold letters, “Choose Love”. I wrote it as a note to myself so long ago that it is now permanently part of the board.

I have been thinking about what this really means.

For me, it means simply that when you have an option on how you respond to a given situation, choose love.

So often we choose to be harried, or angry or curt or unconnected. It really is all about how you choose to live your life each day.

I am guilty of this. I get busy and involved in my own life and I forget that each day in each encounter that I have with another being, I can choose to connect, listen, respond and love. I have the opportunity to choose. I can make a difference each day.


Maybe, but on the days that I actually take my own advice, and I make the effort to keep this simple phrase in mind, my days are better, in all ways.

Choose Love.

What does this mean to you?
How can you make this choice in your own life?