Collin Braden in Savannah GA
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“A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.” - Lao Tzu
“The difference between winning and losing is often . . . not quitting. – Walt Disney
Perseverance is continued effort on a course of action despite difficulty, failure or opposition. Nothing new and untested is undertaken without its share of critics, self-doubt and fear. If the path were well worn, it would not be something new and applause would abound. But if we are led into uncharted waters, we have to understand that the waters are uncharted for a reason – perhaps others have tried and failed or perhaps no one has ever seen the potential benefit in the course of action we are going to pursue. But if the message to move forward is clear to us, then go we must. The first steps are usually the hardest, because once we have built momentum and others see that the path is going somewhere they want to join in the effort. But even then, we know that we will face obstacles and dead-ends.
If we put ourselves in the position that we are going to develop fixed expectations about the outcome of our efforts we limit the potential for new opportunities along the way. Although we keep our eye on the goal we must remain flexible in our approach and avoid the rigid thinking that comes with these expectations. When it appears that walls have appeared in our path, if we relax and seek guidance rather than beating our head on the wall in front of us we usually find the what initially appeared as an obstacle really just broadened our horizons. As we turn each adversities into opportunities our course brings about many new vistas. But the only time we can seek such guidance and make the decision again to take another “first step” along the path laid out for us in the moment that we face the obstacle; if we don't keep our head where our feet are our anxieties will block these from view. But if we just persist in the path this moment, around this obstacle, we avoid the normal fears that sabotage us. One inch at a time, one moment at a time, one day at a time we build the legacy of our lives. What are we doing now? The answer becomes clear, and we are back on our journey of a thousand miles.
Today, may I persist.
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