Wednesday, December 6, 2017 | By: Angela Brown

IWSG and What the Heck was that, 2017?

The last IWSG post of 2017...

Asking what the heck was that seems appropriate given the ups, downs, and roller coaster loopty-loos that has been 2017.

This month's question has me pondering about all that was and is regarding this year...

As you look back on 2017, with all its successes/failures, if you could backtrack, what would you do differently?

Perhaps it is because I'm still feeling the vestiges of The Shack coursing through my veins with its healing reminders, or it is time that I get to this place, but the answer is that I wouldn't backtrack anything.

Oh, there are some things that may have gone differently, I don't know, if I'd chosen this way or that, yet, I am where I need to be and will do a better job of opening myself to the good that God has for me in whatever this is that has been going on in my writing life, mom life, spiritual life... my life.

Feel free to visit other IWSG bloggers to see how they answer this question and please share your comments as well.

20 comments:

Gwen Gardner said...

I read The Shack when it first came out and loved it. It's unusual, heartbreaking and uplifting all at the same time. Just like life, I guess. We always think we could have done better, but I'm thinking God puts us right where we need to be. #NoRegrets.

Madeline Mora-Summonte said...

Accepting where we are, that we are where we need to be, is a very positive way to look at things. :)

Good luck in 2018!

Chrys Fey said...

Yes, we all are exactly where we need to be, Even if we wish things could've been different, we are where we are for a reason. I believe that. :)

Cherie Reich said...

Most of the time we really are where we need to be, even if we don't agree with it. Here's to a great 2018!

The Cynical Sailor said...

While it would be nice to go back and change things, we usually are where we were meant to be, even if we didn't always like the path that led us here. Cheers - Ellen

S.A. Larsenッ said...

I honestly feel like you do. It’s all a learning process. Sometimes fun and sometimes not so much. Wishing you a blessed Christmas and a wonderful new year!

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

I wouldn't go back and change anything either. You have the answer though - opening up and listening more to God's voice.

Cathy said...

Hi Angela, I'm new to IWSG. It's great to meet you. Like you, I'm interested in God and romance!

Elizabeth Seckman said...

I'm with you. There is no use in regret because it can never be changed. Learn from it, allow God to make the best of my screw ups and keep moving on.

Nick Wilford said...

Sounds like you're in a pretty good place, content with how things are, despite this being a crazy year. Here's to a more stable 2018!

Elsie Amata said...

I enjoyed The Shack a lot more than I thought I would. I'm grateful I gave it a chance. Wishing you a wonderful 2018.

Elsie

Tyrean Martinson said...

I'm with you. I think I need to pay attention to where God is taking me, but other than than, I don't think I could have done much different. It's been a tough year and one that I'm glad is finishing up. I'm just glad I'm here.

Lee Lowery said...

Ah yes, I'm trying to slow down and listen to the Plan myself. I tend to be wary of falling into the trap of "if only I had . . .". I'm right where I should be. Thanks for the uplifting post!

Shannon Lawrence said...

I hope the new year brings you what you're looking for, and much positivity.

Maria Zannini said...

I'm a very simple soul at heart. I say what I mean and I mean what I say. Regrets? Sometimes. But I never let them darken my path.

As for failures, I think they do more to mold us than anything else.

Susan Flett Swiderski said...

Smart lady! We can't change the past, so it's a waste of time regretting what we can't change. Contentment comes from being at peace with what is. I agree with you. Where we are is where we were meant to be.

Victoria Marie Lees said...

Hi, Angela! This is my first time at your blog. It is beautiful! I've followed it and will connect with you online.

No, we can't change the past. We need to learn from it and move on. Susan's right. We need to be content with our life, but always strive to move forward. All best to you, Angela. Happy holidays!

Heather M. Gardner said...

Glad to hear that you wouldn't backtrack! That is an accomplishment in itself!
Thank you for participating!
Heather
Co-host, IWSG

Arlee Bird said...

God always has the best answers for everything. We might not always like those answers, but still they are the right answers so we best listen.

Lee
Tossing It Out

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