New Wine & Old Wine Skins, when times change and we don’t (245)
WE ALL REMEMBER MOMENTS OF BLISS, BUT TIME CHANGES EVERYTHING
Nostalgia : A state of being homesick : homesickness or a wistful or excessively sentimental yearning for return to or of some past period or irrecoverable condition.
Old wine skins were new wine skins at some point that welcomed the effervescent nature of new wine. When old wine skins lose there ability to be flexible, containing anything new becomes hazardous.
The moment we start to yearn simpler days, we begin to fabricate how great things were. Rather than seek new wine skins to contain current possibilities, we begin to leak out all our enthusiasm on yesterday’s missed opportunities.
Fact number one, change is inevitable.
Fact number two, if we do not believe fact number one, we will not prepare for new opportunities.
We have to move with the times in order to stay relevant, valuable and the most important all, stay enthused about life.
Giving up is not an option, giving in is not an option, GIVING is the only option.
When I know things aren’t right, the temptation to blame, make excuses or just throw my hands in the air with discouragement is ever before me.
Alternatively, I can GIVE myself entirely to renewing the way I see the problem or challenge and rebirth my thinking process. Renewing my mind is where enthusiasm stays alive, new paths of creativity are forged, ready to meet new opportunities.
Old ways of thinking with new opportunities presented, are often incompatible, this is as old as time. The analogy of New Wine destroying Old Wine Skins is ancient.
Are you feeling stuck?
Don’t yearn for the past to return, this widens the void you already feel.
Take the opportunity to see the problem or challenge as a season of complete renewal, allowing you to be flexible and open. By doing so, you give yourself every chance to help you grow to your full capacity.
Remember, if you’re not growing, you’re going.
It’s a great day to be alive.