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Get Back Up!…My Thought for the Day…April 10, 2019

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April 10, 2019

“Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.”
Confucius?


Get Back Up!

Although strangely put, this quote kind of says it all.  We’re all going to fall at some time or another, whether we get back up, that is the question.

Like a toddler learning to walk, we repeat this cycle over and over throughout our lives with every new thing we learn or embark on.  We’re all gonna fall a couple of times, it is only natural.

Our greatest glory is in our capacity and willingness to get back up and keep going.

So, a funny sidebar to this quote.  After I uploaded my graphic to the blog, I decided to check the wording of it, because it sounded strange.  I found that Confucius never did say this!

According to Matthew Haywood, Ph.D. Chinese Music, The Chinese University of Hong Kong (2022) explains that

“the quote can be traced back to an English author impersonating a Chinese person quoting a proverb made by the author himself.”

Ha!

Regardless, the idea behind it is still good.

Have a great Wednesday!


My Thought for the Day…April 4, 2019…Take the First Step!

 

“You don’t have to see the whole staircase, just to take the first step.”

– Martin Luther King, Jr.


Take the First Step

It is easy to fall into that state of mind of fear or paralysis when contemplating starting something new because we can’t see the entire path, process, or outcome. It usually takes a leap of faith, just start and assume all will be well and things will fall into place, easier said than done, right?

We do this every day if you think about it. We get in our cars and assume they will take us to our destinations. Most of us have no idea how they work, they just do, and we assume we will safely get where we want to go, and we do.

Taking the first step can also be a barometer, the proverbial toe in the water… Just because you take a step in a new direction doesn’t commit you to that new direction, you might just be feeling the waters so to speak. But if you are paralyzed with fear, you may never know if this was a feasible option for you, or not. It might linger in your mind as a “could have been”, you will never know.

So, give it a chance and take the first step, whatever it might be. Do some research, take a class, talk it out with a trusted friend, or consult an expert in the field. Just knowing you tried puts you ahead of most people.

Have a great Thursday!

 

My Thought for the Day…April 3, 2019…Your Calling

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April 3, 2019

“Your calling isn’t something that somebody can tell you about. It’s what you feel. It is the thing that gives you juice. The thing that you are supposed to do. And nobody can tell you what that it is. You know it inside yourself.”

Oprah Winfrey


Your Calling

I have always admired those who knew what their calling was and were doing it.  I have been on a mad search for mine for as long as I can remember.  “That thing that gives you juice.”

The only thing I ever remember giving me “the juice” was creating something visual, drawing, painting, sculpture, digital art.  I am hesitant to call it art, I guess, but that is my own baggage…

That was the place where I was happiest and would find I would lose time.  Forget to eat and drink even.  But I had long since written that off as something “acceptable,” that I could actually do for a living.

I now find creating these graphics for this blog gives me immense pleasure and satisfaction, now if I can just find a way to make them pay the bills!

Have a great Wednesday!

 

My Thought for the Day…April 1, 2019…Get Started!


“The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing.”
Walt Disney


So, Get Started!

An idea will only remain an idea until some action is taken.  It may be the most beautiful idea, but it will only continue to live in your head until you initiate some sort of action.

No matter how small, any action is better than none.  Write it down, do some research, talk it out with a trusted friend, just get it out of your head.

You may find that after taking some actions that your idea really isn’t feasible anymore, but that’s ok.  At least you found out, at least you gave your idea a chance in the tangible world outside of your head.

And new ideas will quickly come to fill the place of the old.

Have a great Monday!

My Thought for the Day…March 29, 2019

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“Every achievement, big or small, begins in your mind.”

Mary Kay Ash

Today’s quote is from Mary Kay Ash, founder of Mary Kay cosmetics. I am personally not a fan of the company as I once was aggressively stalked by a Mary Kay lady. But I do have to admire the woman that in 1963, built an empire offering women never heard of before opportunities to succeed in a male dominated world.

Its gotta start somewhere right? Every great accomplishment begins as an idea, even a stroke of genius sometimes. We all have them from time to time, the question is what do we do with them? Do we have the energy, time, and drive to see them through? I guess that is what sets us apart from Mary Kay Ash, Jeff Bezos, Elon Musk and others like them.

I wonder if Mary Kay Ash could see the future empire she was building, or was she just moving one step at a time and seeing where it took her? Grandiose ideas of a huge empire, in the beginning, can be hugely overwhelming, enough to make you think it is just too large to accomplish. Maybe that is where people get stuck and give up.

I once heard this allegory of driving in the dark, where you can only see 10-15 feet of the road ahead of you, but you have faith the road is there, and of course you make it to your destination, 10-15 feet at a time. Maybe that is how we need to look at implementing our ideas, 10-15 feet at a time?

Have a great Friday!

My Thought for the Day…March 27, 2019

“Don’t be distracted by criticism.  Remember~ the only taste of success some people have is when they take a bite out of YOU.”

-Zig Ziglar

Why do some people have to try to make you feel small in order for them to feel big?  I have never understood this, but I am sure we have all experienced it.  You’re riding high, things are going right then BAM, someone takes a swipe at you.

In hindsight, it is easy to see their motive, they are unhappy and want to take down anyone who isn’t.  Out of jealousy, spite, or just plain grouchiness, who really knows.  Whatever the reason, they get some sort of boost out of the interaction, so it’s worth it to them.

In the moment, for me at least, they are usually successful, and I am taken down a notch or 10 depending on the severity of the attack.  In that moment we need to forgive ourselves for allowing this to happen, because you can’t always see such attacks coming and if you were constantly on guard for such things, you’d be a wreck.  Been there, done that, not pretty, believe me.

It is what you do after the attack that matters the most.  Do you mull over it incessantly, or do you pick yourself back up, brush off the assault and go on?

Maybe you actually confront the attacker and ask, “Why did you do that?” and then move on.  You’ve then brought their petty behavior to light by acknowledging it, and that helps you to regain your power.  Then bringing yourself back up and moving on like nothing happened, well, that’s just priceless.

Have a great Wednesday!

My Thought for the Day…March 26, 2019

“Life has no remote.  Get up and change it yourself.”

-Mark A. Cooper

I just love this quote!  I found it by just searching for uplifting quotes on the internet like usual, but became intrigued by, just who is this guy?  Is he a motivational speaker?  Is he an industry magnate?  Turns out, he writes fiction for young adults. This particular quote is from Operation Einstein from the Edelweiss Pirates series which is set during World War II in Nazi Germany.  https://markacooper.com/edelweiss-pirates

I was totally going to buy whatever book this awesome quote came from, until I actually found out what book it actually came from.

In short, Nazis. Freak. Me. Out.

They always have.  Even as a small child, watching The Sound of Music I became terrified when the Nazi part started.  To this day, if I watch it, I turn it off at that part!  Every time I see something Nazi-related (like all Indiana Jones movies) a huge fear in the pit of my stomach rises, and I really can’t explain why.

Sure, their leaders and agenda were evil and sadistic, but I didn’t experience it.  But sometimes, I viscerally feel like it I did.  Sometimes, I think a past life is the only way to explain it.

And does this tie in with yesterday’s post about facing your fears?  Possibly…probably…  Maybe the universe is trying to tell me it is time to conquer this fear once and for all in the safe space of kid’s book.

How scary could that be?

Well, off to buy a book, have a great Tuesday, a transformational Tuesday that is…😉

My Thought for the Day…March 25, 2019

“We gain strength, and courage, and confidence, by each experience in which we really stop to look fear in the face…

We must do that which we think we cannot.”

-Eleanor Roosevelt

I used to have a mantra, if it scares me, that means I need to do it. But the older I get, the harder it is to remain true to that. The older I get, the more fearful I get. Is it because I have so much more to lose now?

Regardless, fear is usually a barometer, an indicator of what you need to look at in your life. Of course, if a tiger is chasing you, i.e., justifiable fear, run! The kind of fear I am talking about is the nebulous sort of fear deep in the pit of your stomach or heart, the kind that won’t kill you, at least right away. But festering fear goes hand in hand with stress, which will kill you eventually.

The truth is, I have found, a fear conquered is another feather in your cap, where you can proudly say “I did that!” Even if you don’t act on your fears, just looking at them and questioning them is a great start. Sometimes just shining a light on the fear makes it seem much less scary that it previously seemed.

Have a great Monday!