“People often talked about wishing they could return to the moment just before a tragedy and begin again, repairing the rupture in their lives, setting off down a different path, the right path, the path that should have been theirs all along, but then, as time passed, they healed and moved forward in ways that depended exactly upon that rupture, and it became harder and harder to justify abandoning what they had gained for the sake of what they lost.”
The Illumination, by Kevin Brockmeier
Unrelated, I’m posting this too, so I don’t forget. There are too many perfect quotes here to select the best, so I suggest you find a few moments and read the entire article: 12 Things You Should Be Able to Say About Yourself
I really like number three:
3. I am making a difference.
“Act as if what you do makes a difference. It does.
Is it true that we all live to serve? That by helping others we fulfill our own destiny? The answer is a simple ‘yes.’ When you make a positive impact in someone else’s life, you also make a positive impact in your own life. Do something that’s greater than you – something that helps someone else to be happy or to suffer less.
You are only one, but you are one. You cannot do everything, but you can do something. Smile and enjoy the fact that you made a difference – one you’ll likely remember forever.”