The Difference Between Moving On And Moving Forward
Sometimes we aren’t ready to move on from a situation or a person. It doesn’t matter why we aren’t ready, we just aren’t. And we shouldn’t feel ashamed for that. But even if we aren’t ready to move on, we do have to move forward. What’s the difference?
Moving on means moving away from the situation. It means deciding to let go of that person, that situation, that job and find something new.
Moving forward means to acknowledge the crisis and choose to dig in and continue to persevere. It means focusing on yourself—your needs, your goals, your dreams, your healing—while acknowledging your desired outcome.
Moving on from a job means actively looking for a different opportunity and leaving. Moving forward in a job means to learn as much as you can, pursue your dreams on the side, and build yourself up to prepare for a better opportunity. (Notice the terms different and better.) Moving on when it comes to relationships—of any kind—means to actively let go of the relationship and pursue different opportunities. Moving forward in a relationship means to acknowledge difficulties but to press forward and grow.
And when we are faced with difficulties, we can choose to give up and move on or we can press in and move forward. When we move forward, we give God time to shape us and the situation. We give ourselves the opportunity to ask the important questions: What can I learn from this? What is God doing in this situation?
There are times when moving on is the best (and maybe only) option. Only you know which option you are ready to choose, but I encourage you to try moving forward first. If we always choosing moving on, we might not learn what it looks like to dig deep. Digging deep is vital to growth and change.