It doesn’t take much effort to let the negative voices in your brain take over – the voices that tell you it won’t work, you won’t succeed, you can’t do it. We are surrounded by critics and pessimists who feed on our fears. You don’t have to go far to find someone to agree with your concern that it can’t be done, so better take the safe route. Don’t even try to create your dream career – it’s crazy and will never work. Go get that “safe” job and stay there until you’re 70.
I was that pessimist and critic not too long ago.
What I am most thankful for (and not just on the fourth Thursday of November, but every hour of every day) is that I no longer believe the fears. Don’t get me wrong, I still hear and feel them occasionally, but it gets less frequent and I’m able to identify and dismiss the lies the fears are feeding me. After everything that we’ve survived and thrived through, I know that anything I set my intentions to will come true. I can do it. It’s an amazing feeling and I would love to spread that feeling to as many people as possible.
What struck me most in your post was this: “After everything that we’ve survived and thrived through” The point being is you thrived through adversity. I knew I loved you for a reason. It may be heresy from a card carrying pinko commie atheist such as myself, but god bless Betsy. The story you shared about Don and how you soldiered on renews my faith in the capacity of love.