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November 16, 2012

Food for thought—an idea with a twist.

What if we take the idea of reincarnation and apply it to this lifetime.  Consider what might happen if we seriously believed we had the choice and the opportunity to be reborn, over and over and over, in this lifetime.  I’m not talking about religion or anyone’s personal spiritual beliefs.  I’m talking about an opportunity that comes with being human.

The idea is that we can choose to come from a perspective that allows for being re-born, for do-overs, and for second and third and fourth chances regardless of our religious or spiritual leanings.  What if we really saw mistakes as learning opportunities rather than a cause for shame?  If we woke up tomorrow morning really, really believing that it’s a new day, a new start, a new opportunity to live in a way that’s consistent with who we want to be.

I told a story in a previous blog that I think fits beautifully here.

A friend told me a story. She was with her daughter and granddaughter.  Her granddaughter was ready with her phone to make a video of my friend’s reaction to an announcement her daughter was making. Upon hearing the announcement my friend’s first reaction was shock and in her words, it wasn’t her finest moment.  And then her granddaughter, with a big smile, piped in with:  “Grammie, want a do-over?”  My friend chose the do-over.  It’s captured on video and reminds her of who she decided to be in that moment.

What if reincarnation is a choice, not something that happens to us?  Does that change everything?

Will you do anything different today?


  1. Gail says:

    love it……i’m starting now…..in our Health Dept. days we were teaching ICPS, which taught kids to think about “what else could you do?” This is much like that, and it’s easy to get in the rut of just doing the ame old thing, especially for old grown-ups.

  2. Mikey says:

    From my perspective, reincarnation comes from life experiences over time. I have consciously(through a slow progression) been changing my outlook on obstacles/encounters of everyday life. I have found I feel much calmer and more capable of making sound judgements. 🙂

  3. Vicki Mills says:

    I agree! Do-overs are what making sleep and waking up so great! If I didn’t know that principle, it would be hard to live day to day, I must say! 🙂 Thanks for sharing it in your web site! Love Vicki

  4. Karen says:

    I believe in reincarnation and base my belief on the fact that God treasures each and every soul he puts on earth. I struggle with the passing of a baby (soul) who spends little time here and only gets that one life. I believe do-overs are evidenced in reincarnation. I also believe in do-overs here in this lifetime and the opportunities they bring. (Your example is perfect.) I’ve always believed in destiny but I also believe we have the option of achieving our destiny or choosing another. Sometimes we achieve our goals in this life, sometimes it takes more than one. The challenge, for me, is looking at this life’s destiny and realizing that maybe the perceived destiny won’t be achieved or that maybe what has always been thought to be my chosen destiny really isn’t the one at all. Just my belief system. Do-overs. Yay!

    • robyn1001 says:

      Yes Karen, maybe the moment we hold our ideas about our destiny a little more lightly is the moment that all kinds of options open up?!
      Love, robyn.

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