One of my favorite quotes from The Dawn, book one, is from Raymond, leader of the Stabilizer unit of the faction. His quote regarding growth and change is compelling.
In The Dawn, book one, Raymond conducts a meeting with the newcomers of the Global Network Operations Center. During the meeting, there were whispers as he was recognized as being a former Grammy award-winning artist. (Side note: Have you ever thought about that? You could be running or fighting alongside Bruno Mars or Nicki Minaj in an apocalyptic era. Or, saving a Kardashian! LOL.) I digress.
Raymond made the following statement:
"We all are a former something. Who I used to be is not as important as who I have become."
I love this because we are all changing and growing. I'm not the person that I was three years ago. I'm not even the person that I was last year. I've developed mentally, physically and spiritually.
Raymond recognized how much he had evolved. He had been an only child, raised by his grandmother. At a young age, he discovered that he had a love for music and dancing. He entered talent shows of which he won most. By the time he was fifteen, he was signed to a record deal and became a teenage heartthrob. His values centered around girls, money, and fame. It was his grandmother's passing that caused his initial change. He realized that nothing had been more valuable than her. He wished he had shown her that. After the day of awakening, he refused to take the pledge. Inside him, courage and leadership were beginning to reveal themselves as he led a team that saved countless lives from the IMO prisons.
In the new world, his dance and vocal skills didn't matter. No one paid attention to how attractive he was. It was all about survival and the heart that he had for helping others.
Why is this important? With everything that he used to be and everything that he used to have before the day of awakening. He knew that the person that he is now is the best person he has ever been.
Don't dwell on your past or where you are right now. Do what it takes to become the best you that you can be and keep moving forward. In self-improvement, it is not always easy to get rid of old habits. Strive to evolve and become better.
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2 Corinthians 5:17
Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.