“The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now.”
– Chinese Proverb
Now can either be a new beginning, or a moment of regret sometime in the future – the difference is just some emotional labour and a willingness to get going.
We need to remember that how we feel now isn’t how we’ll feel forever and the choice we make in this moment, will fundamental change our experience in the moments to come.
We’re making a choice about the state of our brain chemistry in another time. We can choose dopamine now, or serotonin later.
We can snatch up the money in front of us on the table, or we can play the long game. But to play the long game, we have to commit to moving at least one of the pieces that are in front of us right now.
We often have to scrap what we’re doing and start again.
Maybe we messed up a step, or misunderstood; maybe we just got pulled away and the opportunity spoiled.
Whatever the cause, when we have to start again, it’s can feel discouraging, because we can feel like we’re starting from scratch, zero, nothing.
But we’re never starting from scratch.
We’re always bringing our full experience, history and skill to what we do, and these are always growing.
Even if we have to got back to the first step, we’re not starting with nothing.
There’s a richness of experience we have now which will guide the process and shape our next attempt.
It’s a new experience the second, third or one hundredth time, because we are not the same.
We might go back to the start, but we’re never starting from nothing.