By Michael Karr McNeill
Want to rewrite parts of your life?
Want to make amends?
Want to redeem a mistake and offer an apology, even if the event is long past?
Want to put your money—and effort—where your mouth is?
Frank Sinatra and Willy Nelson sang: “Mistakes, I’ve made a few, but then again, too few to mention.” Too few to mention? They weren’t saints and neither are the rest of us.
The great news is that all wrongs can be righted (sort of) given your time, intention, and imagination. Even when the person is no longer around to forgive you, you can forgive yourself—and vice versa, to find greater peace in the past and the future, as well.
Here’s an example. Did you have a partnership or love relationship that didn’t endure? You can apologize without the expectation or need for acknowledgement. You don’t even have to send the letter as long as your heart wrote it. (Ashes consigned to the winds or sea also work remarkably well.)
Participation is not limited to the mental, emotional discipline of apology. I’m talking about righting a past wrong through current action.
If you weren’t the parent you wanted to be, find someone who needs a better parent or role model and be that person. Be a Big Brother or Sister–it worked for me . There are always opportunities for you to set a positive example or provide an alternate point of view.
Do you have new insights on how to better perform or give back in the future? Plenty of suffering children or adults deserve a kind word, generous donation, or best of all, action on their behalf in one of the myriad non-profits and service groups that really make a difference.
The good thing is that you don’t need to be super creative to find your brand of redemptive engagement. There are myriad resources out there to help you find just the right match for your skills, imagination, passion, pocketbook, and participation.
The Life Reinspired program is just such a caring environment for clearing, cleaning, and re-engaging your soul in the joy and safety of your own future and those you are serving. To my way of thinking, it’s the most fun you can possibly have.
Michael Karr MacNeill is a senior advisor to Life Reinspired, a reset lab for successful Baby Boomers contemplating a meaningful next chapter of life. Find out more about our programs and upcoming retreats..