Anticipation. That with a few butterflies in my stomach. That is exactly how I felt when I pulled the door open. Would she be there? Would she be as excited to see me as I was to see her? As I entered the room, I saw her across the way. She looked up and beamed a beautiful smile.

It took a moment to register that someone else was looking at me. We had not seen each other in a few months and she did not look happy. With the decision made in an instant, I knew I was going to deepen that feeling for her. We hadn’t dated for months, but it was time to make that distinction clear. I asked her to join me in the next room.

“I know you are surprised to see me. I need to tell you something. There is no future for us. We both know that. I am sorry for where I have hurt you.” With that I turned around and went back through door number one and sat down next to that lovely smile.

This scene happen over 24 years ago. I had just come back from a trip to Utah to Oklahoma. I hadn’t been to church in weeks and I had a feeling I needed to be there. I did not know that they would both be there. On one side was my future. On the other was a past that had run out of road. Seeing them both there was surreal.

The woman with the beautiful smile and I have been married for almost 24 years. I later learned that my past found a new future and she was very happy in it. For that I am glad. She was a good friend. We were just not right for each other.

Why do I tell you all of this? My future changed in a moment. My wife and I started dating in the few days after. We were married 6 months later. It only took a moment. I just had to seize it when it presented itself.

If you have been waiting for a change or if you know the past has to be in the past to get to your future, your moment may be close. Keep your eyes open. Step into it when you know it is right.

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