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cinderellaBy Nancy R. Catan, BCBP Manila

It’s never too late to say “Thank you.” It’s never too late to make a wish or a promise or to dream. It’s never too late or too early to say “I love you” with a warm hug. It’s never too late or too early to begin again. It’s never too late to say “I’m sorry” or “I forgive you.”

Sometime last January I came across a reflection by Joanne Ramirez, Philippine Star columnist, reminding me that every year there are 24 countdowns to a New Year, one in each time zone. New Zealand begins the countdown, followed by countries in Asia, the Middle East, Europe, the Americas. She said that on New Year’s Eve, as in life, it is never too late to say or do something because somewhere in the world it’s always still 11:59pm. And it’s never too early because somewhere in the world it’s always one or two minutes in the future.

It is never too late or too early! This phrase imbedded itself in my memory. What it says to me is this: Every day, every moment can be a fresh start toward a better day, or season, or year, or life. Therefore, it is never too late to change. It is never too early to begin something new.

never too lateIt is a fact of life that there are times when we get stuck reliving the past. Both pleasant and difficult moments, the people we like, the others who have hurt us, the good times and the bad times, the triumphs, the challenges, and our failures. Sometimes instead of learning from past experiences, we let them shadow our present and cloud our future.

Then there are the times when we become so focused on our dreams for the future that we forget to live in the present moment, to make the best of the present moment. Last night I watched one of my favorite Disney movies “Cinderella” and found myself singing along with her ‘A dream is a wish your heart makes, when you’re fast asleep… if you keep on believing … whatever you wish will come true.’

Cinderella was fortunate to have a fairy godmother to help her dreams and wishes come true. But most of us don’t. What we have is what and who we are. What we become is up to us. It is said that ‘what we are is God’s gift to us, what we become is our gift to God.’

A rosy future, our future happiness isn’t a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. There is never a rainbow without the rain! Joanne believes, and I agree, that our happiness, our future is not at the end of a distant rainbow but along the multi-colored bridges we traverse during our life journey. Bridges cross the raging flood waters of our emotions; they help us cross over the deep chasms of our problems; bridges bring us through disaster areas back to the more normal pavements and footpaths.

These bridges occur in many different forms. They may be people who leave their imprint on our life, or events that affect us, or our choices in life, or the past challenges, or those challenges facing us.

It’s never too late to take the first steps to cross the bridge that lies just ahead of us, aware that there will be still many more exciting bridges to cross after that. It’s never too early to map out our journey in such a way as to take advantage of these many multi-colored bridges along the way. It’s never too late to live happily ever after!

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