”If you can’t do great things, do small things in a great way.” – Napoleon Hill
I’ve learned a long time ago that we’re never alone when we go through tough seasons. Of course it always initially feels that way, but we’re not. For every moment that I’ve felt as if I was on an island dealing with my grief or disappointment, I have been reminded that someone else was facing a similar or worse condition.
Life is hard, and in these days that may feel like an understatement. Sure the economy is doing better, and I’m grateful for that, yet many still remain spiritually, psychologically and emotionally bankrupt. Many are still longing for something that feeds the soul with hope, inspiration and the courage to move forward, despite their current state of mind.
How do we get there? That place where we learn to keep pressing, no matter the circumstances. It’s not as simple as saying, “I’m going to do this.” It requires something more, something that challenges our way of reasoning, something that speaks to the inner workings of who we are and ultimately something that transcends our normal way of thinking.
A paradigm shift, if you will. Something that didn’t exist before, and something not simply willed because we desire it, or desperately need it to exist. It’s THE WORK. The stuff we must all face at some point in our lives. The choice to become vulnerable, quiet with ourselves and listen, or better yet hear, what our spirit has been trying to tell us. For years or decades.
When we finally decide to yield, or ultimately surrender to that, we can begin to understand what our next steps should look like, however small or insignificant they may seem. And believe me in that moment, they seem very small. Yet it may be the most important choice we make regarding ourselves and our future.
The choice to keep pressing is more than a mantra for me. It’s about life and what lies ahead. Ultimately everything is possible, but everything is not a possibility, unless we choose to make specific choices and changes. It’s not pie in the sky type thinking, it’s a deliberate, conscientious decision we must all face at some point in our lives.
What we do at that crossroad is solely dependent on who we wholeheartedly want to become. A person of integrity that lives our truth, or one that allows others to dictate our truth and our courage. I’ll confess I’ve lived the later the majority of my life, but one day I began THE WORK.
The choice to believe my best life was still before me. The courage to believe there was still more good life to live. The audacity to challenge every status quo ideal that filled my head. The conviction that to KEEP PRESSING is more than a mantra, but my life, my hope, my everything!