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WRITE TEAM: Forward thinking

Most of us cannot say that we are able to foretell the future. No matter how much we wish we could and the endless possibilities of how we could use that ability, it would more likely than not be a double-edged sword.

We could keep bad things from happening or at the least warn others of impending peril as well as know when something good will be coming. If we were always able to see into the future, would we ever learn the lessons that we are meant to learn? Would we ever be surprised with a special gift or event? Would we really want to know everything that the future has in store? What would be the reaction of others if you were to be able to tell someone what was coming for them? Would they believe you? What if everyone was able to see the future? It is almost overwhelming and probably why we cannot.

Most of the time we just have to go on our instincts, listen to our gut and make decisions based on that. Sometimes it is the greatest struggle to help those you love and care about see that the choices they are making are not in their best interest. You try to help them understand but only get push-back. In your mind’s eye you feel like you can almost see the future of where they will end up without shifting the trajectory of their direction. That is when you wish you could just hold on to them and climb into a time machine letting time to pass hoping they will come out on the other side wiser and ready to move forward on the right path.

I believe that we are here on this earth and in this life with a purpose and lessons to learn. I also believe that until we learn these lessons, we will continue to be faced with similar situations. I furthermore believe that once we fully understand what we are meant to learn from a particular lesson, we are free to move forward onto new challenges and understandings.

Not everyone sees it the same way, but I have seen this theory work in my own life and try to impart this knowledge to those closest to me. Not everyone is ready or willing to embrace this concept. I believe it goes hand and hand with the concept of karma – that everything we do affects the life we live, for better or for worse.

I try to live in a good way every day to do what is right and to harm none. I am not perfect and cannot see how my actions may affect the people I encounter each day. I can only hope that I make a positive impact on my world and those around me today and every day.

So welcome to a new year and a new opportunity to be the very best you.

KIM KRUEGER is a wife and mother of three daughters and a Financial Adviser with Edward Jones in Ottawa. "Do everything with integrity and kindness and all else will follow."

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