000gg7z4Shannon and Lorna get silly at a mother-daughter reunion. c 2008

My younger daughter, Aislinn,  asked me an interesting question that changed the course I took in a personal situation.  “Mommy,” she said, “what if this thing that’s happening is really another chance to do it right?  What if you’ve already done this once–or a thousand times–and you’re in a time loop and you don’t know it and you have one more chance to get it right?”

She immediately moved on to some other topic but I, the science fiction-fantasy-time travel fan, was left gasping out loud.

I actually have lived this situation before, and it broke my heart when it was done.  I made certain choices in how I handled the situation, based on my beliefs.  And I lost.  It’s been called to my attention recently–only a week ago–that if I had done a few things differently, I would not have been left wanting. But at the time, I did what I thought I needed to in order to spare someone’s feelings.  I took the brunt of the worry and anxiety myself and …

Thanks for reading!  The complete version of this article is now included in The Long-Awaited, Honest-to-God Secret to Being Happy.

The Long-Awaited Honest-to-God Secret to Being Happy


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