I have this quote below on my wall page as it’s a favorite of mine. We so often let fear dictate our choices; often without realizing that it is a driving force.
I made a decision a few years ago that I would not let fear guide me. Sometimes it’s a daily commitment; depending on the topic or the decision I might be facing. Other times it’s just a quiet voice I don’t really hear but it’s still there.
I am possibly a bit of a control freak. By that I mean I am usually the one in charge and have all my ducks in a row. But the downside to that is there is no risk. There is no courage.
If I’m always in charge, avoiding conflict or making mistakes, I’m not actually moving forward. It’s like sitting in the boat anchored to the same spot again and again.
Being afraid to never make a mistake. Or have your feelings hurt. Or admitting you’re wrong or need assistance; all keeps you stuck.
This quote has a new meaning for me today as I’m looking at it through eyes of relationship conflicts. Whether it be with your partner or children or coworkers. If you’re afraid to have difficult conversations; fearful to speak your mind, don’t want to rock the boat; you might not get to see the beauty that you could be heading towards. You could miss out on whatever is right behind the next bend.
I’ve often only thought of this quote in terms of adventures. Travels. New job ventures. But re-framing this to apply to the context of relationships; it’s also very true. We have to be willing to risk, to push fear aside with those we love. We must get vulnerable and honest. When we do, when we let go of control, lose sight of the shore; we open ourselves up to an ocean of beauty. To Joy.
I hope you find your courage today to take risks. Push past fear. Have a difficult conversation. Try something new. Let this quote speak to you. Whatever your “shore” is; may you be willing to go beyond it.
Thinking about these quotes this morning. I have been letting myself get derailed from my dreams and goals and today as I was doing my daily reading I was reminded that the life I get, the life I live, is a direct result of my choices. I may not be responsible for every single thing in my life, but I am the one in charge of who I spend time with, what I spend my time doing and how I behave, feel, react, etc.
And I was reminded that I am not making the choices that are taking me in the direction I desire to go. Oh, I have the right partner to take this life journey with and I love many parts of my life but I also have some major personal goals that I have not been staying committed to very well.
So these quotes are here to remind myself and to offer thought and encouragement to anyone that may read them as well. If you find yourself in a great place but wanting more and better, than I hope you find a way to get back on track. That you feel that you can keep moving forward toward those goals and dreams of what you want this life to be. Only you can make your best life!
LOVE Love love this! Have I been doing this?! If so I must stop! Keep that dream elevated!
This! This is what I am lacking. Discipline!
This too! Time to get out of my own way and work at it!
Do not limit your dreams! Set them high and then work hard to reach them. Will you join me in a reset? Let’s help encourage one another. Lift each other up. May you feel energized today to restart if you have stalled. I am.
This has been a crazy couple of weeks with getting back into the grove of school and sports for all our children. Truth; I am exhausted most days. The weather is changing and I am ready to curl up and head to bed much earlier these days.
In light of that; I thought I would post some encouraging words for those that may be in the same boat. I hope this is how your day has been today and is everyday. Even in the midst of chaos, exhaustion, kids fighting or ANY thing that may come your way, I hope you find pockets of joy.
And this too as I think this is an important reminder; make these days count. They pass too quickly.
“Don’t count the days. Make the days count” –Muhammed Ali
I love this quote. It is simple and direct and speaks to how I hope to live my life. Not sure I’ll ever fully get there, but I can say everyday lately, I am joyful. Not every moment, for tough things hit, but my spirit is filled with joy more and more. As I work on choosing it, as I seek it and as I focus on creating more joy, more joy finds me.
May joy be as yours as well.
It’s a beautiful sunny day here as September begins. This morning as I worked through my SAVERS routine, I was thinking how I want to be more diligent in writing and posting. Self care is something that took me too long to learn and like most things, takes practice to be successful at.
I plan to post some feel good, empowering, confidence building quotes on Sundays this fall. Hopefully these will offer encouragement and remind each of you how wonderful you are.