“It’s good to work hard, but you’ve got to learn how to play hard, too, so that you can stay in balance. I heard somebody say, “It’s not that life is so short, it’s that we wait so long to begin living.” If we want to truly enjoy the journey of life, we have to take time to stop and smell the roses. Do you appreciate the people you love? Do you hug your children before you leave each day and give your spouse a kiss? When was the last time you called your parents to tell them how much you love them? That’s how we can enjoy the journey.” – Joel Osteen
“Sometimes when there’s uncertainty, we’re not meant to plan our way out of it… we’re meant to trust our way through it.
So, what that means, is that you lean in the direction that feels right, you take continual steps forward, and you trust that every single thing that happens is somehow – someway leading you exactly where you need to be. Easier said than done? Possibly…but, this is something we absolutely can get better and better at doing.
It’s just about reminding yourself everyday to trust the way things are unfolding and then you turn your attention to where it always should be … Today and the moment right in front of you.” – Sibyl Chavis
“When you’re going after something big, uncertain, and risky, it’s going to be hard and Plan B is usually something easy – probably even something you’ve already done before …
The harder Plan A gets, the more appealing Plan B becomes. Some things are too important for a Plan B. It’s up to you to decide if this is one of them.” – Tyler Tervooren
Why not you? Millions of people have lost their jobs, gotten behind on their bills. Many have gone through the embarrassment and shame of foreclosure or bankruptcy. And yet, they kept on fighting and got back on top again. Why not you?
Many have gone through difficult divorces or lost someone very close to them, through death. Yet, they got through the pain and overcame the grief. Why not you?
Everyday someone stops killing themselves with drugs or alcohol, then go on to live a meaningful and productive life. Why not you?
Today someone woke up and said, “I’ve had it”, then left an emotionally or physically abusive relationship, where they were miserable and dying inside. Why not you?
You have something special. You have GREATNESS within you! Happiness and abundance are your birthright. Everyday is your Super Bowl. Someone is going to win. Why not you?
– Les Brown
“The most often repeated commandment in the Bible is ‘Do not fear.’ It’s in there over two hundred times. That means a couple of things, if you think about it. It means we are going to be afraid, and it means we shouldn’t let fear boss us around. Before I realized we were supposed to fight fear, I thought of fear as a subtle suggestion in our subconscious designed to keep us safe, or more important, keep us from getting humiliated. And I guess it serves that purpose. But fear isn’t only a guide to keep us safe; it’s also a manipulative emotion that can trick us into living a boring life.” – Donald Miller
Just because what you want isn’t here today, doesn’t mean you should fill the empty space while you wait for it to arrive.
‘In the meantime’ kind of living can be a toxic compromise.
The thing is, letting some of the spaces in your life be blank and open can be uncomfortable. Without stuffing your time and space, you’re going to feel how the wind moves through the holes in your life, and it might make you wince a bit. Clearing out the metaphorical living room in your psyche to make room for finer furniture can feel, well, empty.
Or… it can feel totally exhilarating. The rush of openness, the obviousness of possibility … the space to unfold into deeper truths … that attract brighter realities. Space.
Slow down so what you want can catch you.
Say no, thank you today so you can say yes tomorrow.
Make space for what you want to show up.
– Danielle Laporte
Beginnings are exciting.
Endings can be triumphant.
The middle though…sometimes the middle is the mess.
It’s far enough from the excitement of the beginning that you sometimes forget why you started. And so far away from the end that you wonder why you started in the first place.
But the ugly middle is where you get things done.
If you’re changing old, dysfunctional patterns, the ugly middle is where your mind catches up to your heart.
If you’re moving toward a physical transformation, the ugly middle is that space where your body is strengthening itself on the inside but the changes aren’t yet visible on the outside.
If you’re a creative, the ugly middle is where your character finds its voice, it’s where your art takes on personality and it’s where you separate yourself from the hobbyists.
And if it’s your life, the ugly middle is where you live it. It’s the day-to-day stuff that feels mundane and repetitive, but it’s the stuff you do that results in your children being loving and compassionate. The ugly middle is where life-long friends are made, where faith is tested (and passes), and where you understand that your life is blessed – regardless of your current circumstance. And it’s the way you love the people you love. Day to day. Right there in the ugly middle…
Whatever day it is for you, don’t give up. There’s a wide open road in front of us leading us to a triumphant ending if we can just make it through the ugly middle.
– grace, senior editor – Women at Forty