Don’t Think About How You Can’t

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I have 3 wooden steps that lead up to my front porch. They aren’t steep, nor are they narrow, but they are spaced far enough apart to create a gap between the steps.

I also have a very small dog who has no problem running down the steps, however, when it comes to climbing up them to come back inside, well, then it’s a problem.

Except when it isn’t.

See, she can easily jump up the steps. She can even jump over the final step. She does it half the time. But the other half, she ends up sitting at the bottom of the steps, wagging her tail and waiting for someone to come down and pick her up.

Now, it’s not that she’s stronger on the days she climbs them, nor is she smarter.

Nor do the steps change in any way.

No, the times she easily navigates those steps are the times she doesn’t think about it. She’s busy doing something else and when it’s time to come inside, and she’s called, she doesn’t stop to think about their size or to wonder if she can, she just jumps up the stairs.

She doesn’t think about how she can’t. And so she can. 

We all have those steps in our lives; those situations that on certain days seem insurmountable. And the more we think about them, worry about them, stare at them, the more convinced we become that we “can’t.” And then we allow that thought to paralyze us and we are stuck.

As we head into a new week, don’t allow the steps in your life, whatever they may be, to overwhelm you. Don’t make them bigger than they are. You’ve hurdled them before. You’ve climbed them in the past.

Of course, you will do it again.


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Slow and Steady

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Pizza delivery in 30 minutes or less.
Drop 10 pounds in 2 days.
Microwave on high for 1 minute.

We live in a fast fast world. It seems almost everything around is geared toward the quick and the immediate. We not only want results, we want them RIGHT NOW. And, when results don’t happen as quickly as we’d like, we get frustrated. And when we get frustrated, we tend to stop trying.

And when we stop trying, well, we pretty much guarantee we won’t get results.

But think, for a moment, about the things in life that last: architecture, monuments, societies, relationships…they aren’t  built overnight. They take time to grow; to develop. They grow gradually, steadily. Personal goals and achievements are exactly the same way. They take time-most worthwhile things do. Sometimes it happens quickly and we are delighted, but most of the time, those worthwhile accomplishments require putting one foot in front of the other, day in and day out until, finally, we arrive at our goal. Sure, there are setbacks, but setbacks aren’t permanent-they are simply bumps in the road.

So although we live in a drive-thru-instant-overnight-microwave kind of world, just remember in all things: Slow and steady wins the race.

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The Story of You

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“Class, I’d like you take out a pencil and paper and begin work on your story.”

Remember those creative writing assignments you had in school?

The entire class was given a subject, a setting and a problem and from these three items, you had to construct a story. The beginning was always the hardest, as most beginnings are, but in no time, you hit your stride. Some stories were fanciful, some exciting, some sad. And while they were all different, they were all the same in that each story was directed by the hand that wrote it.

We’re grown up now. Many have left the world of creative writing assignments far behind, while others of us still like to dabble. But it doesn’t matter if we never put pen to paper again…

For we all still have a story. Every one of us. It’s the story of who we are; it’s the story of Life: disappointments and joys, struggles and dreams.

Some stories fill a 10,000 page 3-volume set, while others happily fill the pages of a small pocket digest.

But no matter the size of the story, they all share a common thread:

They are ALL important.
They are ALL worth telling.
They ALL matter.

But the similarities don’t end there. For the biggest similarity, the thing we ALL have in common, is that the ending to the story has not yet been written. It might seem, at times, that it has, but if you could look far enough in the back of the book, you’ll see nothing but blank pages. Beautiful, clean, blank pages waiting for you to fill.

And no one can write your story for you. That’s the beauty of it. You get to decide what goes on those pages. And if you make a mistake, if you come up with a better idea, you can always change it.

Your story matters.
Because it’s about you.


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Well, Isn’t That Inconvenient?

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Inconveniences come into our every day lives at the worst possible times, which make sense; if they arrived when we were ready for them, they wouldn’t be called inconveniences.

They knock us off course a little bit because they interrupt a schedule, a timeframe:
having to stop for gas when you’re  running late for work
the shoelace that breaks right before a meeting
waiting all day for the repair guy to come fix your refrigerator
finding out at 9pm that your child signed you up to bring cookies to school the next day for the ENTIRE CLASS

And because these things never happen at a good time, it’s easy to lose perspective and categorize them as “problems.” We all do it.  But they’re not…they are just inconveniences and they will fly out of our lives as quickly as they flew in.

So when faced with that unexpected interruption to your day, remember it’s not a problem-it’s just a temporary inconvenience.
(And if you happen to be up at midnight making cookies for your child’s class, make sure you save yourself a couple. After all, inconveniences can still have their perks.)



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