“Every breath we have is an opportunity for redemption”

Today I am sharing one of my favorite quotes that I have lived by for many years now. Interestingly enough I heard these words verbatim from John Foreman, the front man for Switchfoot. They were on tour for their new album “Hello Hurricane” back in 2009.  The entire album is a progression through a metaphorical hurricane. This we can all relate to, because this hurricane they sing about is what we common folk call “life”.

Think about life objectively for a minute, there are ups, downs, dark days and bright, days that sweep you away and make you feel full, and days that spin you round and round until you end up a sobbing mess on the floor. Sounds a little similar to a hurricane doesn’t it? The word “hurricane” in this context does not need to be seen as negative however. In life you need to go through tribulations to grow, as backwards as that sounds. Each experience you have in life, whether it is negative or positive helped to shape you into the person you are today. But that doesn’t mean you have stay that person.

If you don’t like the person you are or have a vision for a different you, then redeem yourself. Maybe you made some bad choices in the past, whether you did this intentionally or not. Or maybe you’re too afraid to step out of your comfort zone and become the person you visualize yourself becoming , because you are too concerned with what other people might think. It is these moments of self doubt and self pity where you manifest incredible amounts of courage. This is how you redeem yourself.

The only way to grow and change is to learn. Each year, month, week, day, hour, minute, second…you have an opportunity for redemption. Each breath you breathe brings in new air, new life. Don’t just sit there and wish you could do this or that, or daydream about the person you want to be. If you want something, don’t wait…and do not be afraid.

Take a breath, let it out, and sprint towards your dreams.



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