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Mix Thoroughly

I’m not talking about your socialization process, here.  I’ll presume you’re pretty good at mixing in that way.  No, I want to get you thinking on a different level.

Consider this thought by Henry Ellis:  “All the art of living lies in a fine mingling of letting go and holding on.”  For those of you who are not familiar with Mr. Ellis, he was an interesting character.  An early governor of the state of Georgia and quite an adventurer in his early years.  When you read his history you can see why his well-rounded background would help in his pithy observations on life.

Bottom-line for you is this.  You can’t go forward until you quit trying to go backward.  On the other hand, to go forward you must apply what you learn from looking backward.  There’s gold in those experiences that can be melted down to create currency for your future in the form of astute actions.  But, just like your checkbook you have to balance things out once in a while.  To do otherwise would create an imbalance so great it becomes irreconcilable.

Think of creating your life the same as you would if you going to bake a cake.  Virtually every cake has multiple ingredients that go into it before you put it in the oven to bake.  But, if you were to just throw the ingredients into the baking pan and then put that directly in the oven, the result would be an unmitigated disaster.  No…you have to mix thoroughly in a mixing bowl all of the cake’s ingredients, then put that mixture into a pan for baking.  In other words, there has to be a “fine mingling” of the ingredients that combines to make a wonderful cake.

Become adept at mixing a fine balance between letting go and holding on and you will create a thoroughly sweet life.

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