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It’s time to close a chapter and move on to the next. This time, I’ll be doing it by myself without much baggage. I wouldn’t call it “starting over” because it’s not.

What “starting over” is and isn’t.

When you hit rock bottom emotionally, psychologically, and financially yet must pull yourself up by your bootstraps, you’re “starting over.” Most of the time, you’d need to start a new job in a new place to call your “home,” or even in a new city or country.

In other words, when you’ve hit rock bottom and must begin almost everything again without tangible or intangible assets, you can call yourself “starting over.”

Now, what’s “not starting over”?

You’re not starting over when you’ve removed yourself from any situation that would hinder your peace of mind despite having less baggage in life. You’re thrusting yourself forward with high velocity.

In my case, I’m starting a new chapter without the burden of having to support a dysfunctional home situation. I’m also restarting a life where I can choose what to do, where, and how to live.

I’m not a millionaire by any standard, but I’ve been blessed by the intangible assets I’ve amassed throughout the 50-something years of my life. And for this, I’m so grateful.

I’ve given my all to the people I love and the society where I’ve lived in Indonesia and the United States.

Now, allow me to focus on myself while also being a candle in the darkness to others who need my light. It’s not dimming yet because God has been the Source of my energy.

What I have is different from what most people have.
What I can do is perhaps not something most people can do.
Where I choose to live and the type of lifestyle to enjoy is not something most people can do either.

I’m so grateful for all these. I’ll continue sharing my thoughts and feelings through my works because I’m an open book.

How about you? Have you lived fruitfully? Are you an open or a closed book? Why do you choose to be like that?

Remember that one’s worth isn’t the money or materialistic things one accumulates but the love one keeps inside and shares with others through one’s works (despite my quiet, introverted nature who doesn’t like meeting in a large crowd).

I always remember this Scripture verse:

Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. (Philippians 4:6-7)

Let’s wish ourselves well because our future depends on how we live the present.[]

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