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  • Writer's pictureKeith Dussia

3 Steps Forward. 2 Steps Back

Life has a way of presenting itself as a complex tapestry, interwoven with threads of joy, sorrow, success, and failure. It's a canvas painted with our choices, actions, and their unforeseeable consequences. Today, I want to take you through a part of my tapestry that, for the longest time, I wished I could unpick and redo. But as I've come to learn, every thread, no matter how dark, adds depth and strength to the overall picture.



My journey has been anything but a straight line. It's been a very bumpy road marked with potholes of doubt, fear, and countless questions. Each step forward seemed to be paired with a reluctant glance backward, not to dwell on what was but to understand how it shaped the person I am today. Looking back, I realize that the most challenging moments, the ones I wished to erase, were also my most significant learning opportunities. Without them, I wouldn't be the person I am now.
3 Steps Forward. 2 Steps Back


Embracing The Past

It's no small feat to confront the parts of your past where you see yourself at your lowest. To look squarely at the times you've hurt those you loved, despite your best intentions, and to acknowledge that your actions may have led to more harm than good. This acknowledgment isn't just about accepting responsibility; it's about understanding the weight of our actions and their ripple effects on the lives of those around us.


My journey has been anything but a straight line. It's been a very bumpy road marked with potholes of doubt, fear, and countless questions. Each step forward seemed to be paired with a reluctant glance backward, not to dwell on what was but to understand how it shaped the person I am today. Looking back, I realize that the most challenging moments, the ones I wished to erase, were also my most significant learning opportunities. Without them, I wouldn't be the person I am now.


I've learned that there's a lesson hidden in every experience, no matter how bitter it may taste at the moment. If I hadn't believed in the potential for growth from each setback, I might not have found the strength to continue. There's always a silver lining, but it requires a shift in perspective to see it. It's about maintaining a forward momentum, no matter how much we want to retreat into the comfort of our past, familiar though it may be.


One of the most profound realizations I've come to is the importance of honesty about our past. It's tempting to gloss over the mistakes and focus solely on our triumphs, but true growth comes from acknowledging and learning from those missteps. The hard parts of our lives, the moments of struggle, are where we find the most valuable lessons. It's in these shadows that we discover the raw materials for building resilience, compassion, and a deeper understanding of ourselves and the world around us.


As I continue on my path, I'm increasingly aware of the opportunities to use what I've learned to help others. My experiences, both good and bad, are not just for me. They're tools I can share to support others facing similar challenges. The beauty of life, I've found, lies in this cycle of learning, growing, and giving back. It's about taking our lessons and using them to light the way for others, just as others have done for us.


In sharing my story, I hope to reach someone who sees their reflection in my words. If you're walking through a dark chapter, know that you're not alone. There's strength in vulnerability and power in sharing our truths, no matter how flawed or painful they may be. My wish is that by opening up about my struggles and the lessons they've taught me, I can offer a glimmer of hope, a sense of companionship in the journey of life.


To those who find themselves in the midst of hardship, remember: every experience, especially the tough ones, holds a lesson. Our past does not define us, but it does offer invaluable insights and strength to forge ahead. Let's embrace our stories, all parts of them, and move forward with the knowledge that our trials have equipped us to support and uplift others. In the end, that's what life is all about—taking what we've learned and using it to serve others. Here's to more learning, growing, and, most importantly, giving back.

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