Anne

Adoption IS A Nightmare
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2001-04-03 23:33:48 (UTC)

CANCEL YOUR RESERVATIONS:..

CANCEL YOUR RESERVATIONS:
Planning a Trip Back to WISHIHAD---

I had not really planned on taking a trip this time of
year, and yet I
found myself packing rather hurriedly. This trip was going
to be unpleasant
and I knew in advance that no real good would come of it.

I am talking about my annual Guilt Trip. I got tickets to
fly there on
WISHIHAD airlines.

It was an extremely short flight. I got my baggage, which I
could not
check. I chose to carry it myself all the way.

It was weighted down with a thousand memories of what might
have been.

No one greeted me as I entered the terminal to the Regret
City
International Airport. I say international because people
from all over the
world come to this dismal town.

As I checked into the Last Resort Hotel, I noticed that they
would be
hosting the year's most important event --the annual Pity
Party. I wasn't
going to miss that great social occasion.

Many of the towns leading citizens would be there. First,
there would be
the Done Family. Telling you all about what you could have
done, would have
done, should have done.

Then came the I Had family, you probably know I Wish and his
clan. Of
course, the Opportunities would be present, Missed and Lost.

The biggest family would be the Yesterdays. There are far
too many of them
to count, but each one would have a very sad story to share.

Then Shattered Dreams would surely make an appearance. And
It's Their Fault
would bombard us with stories (excuses) about how things had
failed in his
life, and each story would be loudly applauded by Don't
Blame Me and I
Couldn't Help It.

Well, to make a long story short, I went to this depressing
party knowing
that there would be no real benefit in doing so. And, as
usual, I became
very depressed.

But as I thought about all of the stories of failures
brought back from the
past, it occurred to me that this entire trip and subsequent
pity parties
could be canceled by ME!

I started to realize that I did not have to be there. I
didn't have to be
depressed.

One thing kept going through my mind. I CAN'T CHANGE
YESTERDAY, but I DO
HAVE THE POWER TO MAKE TODAY A WONDERFUL DAY.

I can be happy, joyous, fulfilled, encouraged, as well as
encouraging.

Knowing this, I left the City of Regret immediately and left
no forwarding
address.

Am I sorry for mistakes I've made in the past? Yes. But
there is no
physical way to undo them. So, if you're planning a trip
back to the City
of Regret, please cancel all your reservations now.

Instead, take a trip to a place called, Starting Again. I
liked it so much
that I have now taken up permanent residence there.

My neighbors--- the I Forgive Myself and the New Starts are
so very
helpful. By the way, you don't have to carry around heavy
baggage because
the load is lifted from your shoulders upon arrival.

May you be blessed in finding this great town. If you want
to find it---
it's in your own heart - please look me up when you get
here.
I live on:
I CAN DO IT Street.


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