Drawing a line in the sand was a key to stopping me from looking at my past and rehashing the awful things that had happened to me over and over and over again. And drawing a line in the sand resulted in a total transformation of a person I coach for depression.
Let’s listen in on a conversation between Mitch and Dave in my book Too Late in the Afternoon: One Man’s Triumph Over Depression.
[This is Mitch speaking to Dave] “You had a reason for making changes beyond anything I have experienced—your overwhelming love for Cathy. I don’t have that compelling a reason for change. Besides, I’ve enough baggage in my life to fill the hold of an airplane. It’s too late in the afternoon for me. You only had to make course corrections. I need to reverse course 180 degrees. It’s too overwhelming.”
It seemed Dave was waiting for my last comment and jumped on it like a tiger.
“It’s never too late to make changes in your life. That’s Satan’s lie. Don’t believe it. As long as you have breath in your lungs and a willingness to become a better person, you can make changes.
“At any season of your life, at any moment in time, you can start all over again. You can draw a line in the sand and say, ‘All that is in my past is in my past. I’m going to start a new life right now. It won’t be easy, but I can do it.’ You’ve heard the old cliché so overused that people have tuned it out. But it’s true. ‘Today is the first day of the rest of your life.’”
There are a two more passages in the book that continue the theme that it is never too late in the afternoon to make changes. They will be the next two postings. If you want to know more about drawing a line in the sand, make a comment below and I’ll elaborate on this fascinating technique to starting life anew.