Welcome to Day 4!
Yesterday we talked about losses, endings and beginnings, and making transitions. I trust you found something in your life that is still holding you, and were able to put it to rest so that you can figure out how to move forward. Because, move forward we must. Life continues whether we choose to be an active participant or not.
And, if you are still reading, you have chosen not to be flotsam on the waves of life, but a thinking human being living in intention. Today, we will continue in a similar vein.
Corrie Ten Boom is the author of today’s quote:
“You are on the road to success if you realize that failure is only a detour.”
If you have never read about Corrie Ten Boom’s life, it is worth the time investment. You will be inspired.
Wishing and Hoping
We all have hopes, dreams, inklings and inspirations, as well as aspirations. But things do not always go the way we hope or expect. And, I have learned over the decades, that this is not always a bad thing. Certainly, it sounds great that everything in life would be easy, and that every day would be sunshine, but that is not real life.
People come and go. We don’t ace every exam. We did not get to go to the #1 school in ___________. We did not land that fantastic job we wanted. We did not get the corner office by the end of the first week based solely on our brilliance. Sometimes our own businesses fail. We did not grow up to become the ____________ we wanted to be; we became something else. Our children are not exactly what we planned.
The problem is not that we dare to hope, or dream, or reach. Those are natural part of our human nature and design, and we should nurture them. The problems arise when we get stuck and stay stuck in how we think things should have gone. We become angry and find that shaking our fist at the universe does nothing. We stay stuck, and dig our heels in deeper, and hope and pray, and yes, even throw in a little magical thinking, and asking the Fates to change or fix something that we feel cannot.
But, it is a lie.
We can do something.
Many, many moons ago in elementary school, I remember being told that I was not the “sharpest crayon in the box,” that I could not speak well, could not write well, could not draw stick figures, etc. The sad part of this story is that I bought into what these “dedicated” teachers were predicting for my future. For a while I stopped hitting the books. I stopped trying to do anything remotely creative. I withdrew and accepted that I would probably get a factory job whenever this painful schooling thing finally ended.
But then, I met my 4th grade teacher, Mrs. Crier. One little sentence from this woman changed my whole life. She said, “You know you’re smarter than this.” And, I never looked back. I speak, I write, I work to heal people physically and emotionally. The creative side took longer to bloom. A few years ago, I “discovered” that I can indeed draw. With a few classes, I found I could paint, and even throw pottery. But this is not something I would have been able to pursue with as much passion while I was in my medical training.
Wherever you are today, if it is not where you want to be, it is but a detour. It does not have to be the end of your story, unless you choose it.
I am here to say to you today,
“You are better, brighter, and have more to offer than you pretend.
Stop hiding who you are!!”
Pick yourself up.
Dust off those tattered dreams of yesterday and cast a new vision.
The way forward is neither looking back longingly, nor standing still licking your wounds.
“You cannot step into your brighter tomorrow, holding firmly to the shattered dreams of yesterday.”
What do I want you to do today?
1. Choose 1 thing you have always wanted to try or do (journal)
2. Go online and get information about the very next class.
3. Sign up, and go to class!!
4. Begin anew.