Have you ever worked really hard on something only to have it unexpectedly destroyed? This happens to all of us, whether it be in work, relationships, or anything else that is meaningful.
Just the other day I was preparing for a local art market, working diligently on a seaglass suncatcher piece. I don’t know how it happened, but I dropped it, shattering pieces of glass all over the tile floor. It was the last project for the market, and at that point I didn’t have enough time to start over. Not only was I frustrated, I felt pretty stressed out being pressed for time and not having this particular piece to take with me. But this was a just small thing to fix.
Another part of life starting over has a different meaning – after death, divorce, or other major loss beyond our control. The only thing we do have control over, however, is our own lives, and although it can be frustrating, sometimes starting over can be a good thing. It gives us the opportunity to perfect our errors, to get things “right” the second (or third or fourth) time around, and to make necessary changes to eliminate what is no longer needed. It can also open new doors and windows to a world that we never knew existed. It may take weeks or years to begin a new life after these events, but the next time your web is broken, remember that it’s okay to start over.