We're all gonna face it.
And we're either going to allow it to overtake us and keep us stuck in misery or we'll rise above it and overcome!
I WANT TO OVERCOME!
I'm currently reading a book called "48 Days To The Work You Love" by Dan Miller. In the foreword, Dave Ramsey painted such a clear picture of what it looks like to really overcome...
"In the last several years, while meeting and spending time with people who have become inordinately successful, I have observed several common traits among them. Two of those traits stand out. One is they have a calling, which they have discovered and are implementing. The other is they have made mountains of mistakes in the process of becoming "successful." The gleaming mountain of success is actually a pile of trash - a pile of the mistakes we have made. The difference between the successful and the troubled is not error-free living; it is that by discovering and implementing a life calling, the successful stand on their pile of trash while the troubled sit under theirs."
I've never thought of a mountain of success as a pile of trash. When I reflect on my past - on all the bad choices I've made, the mistakes, the trials and errors, "learning things the hard way" - I see how far I've come, how much I've learned, where I dream to go, and I feel like I'm climbing up my pile of trash, trying to make it to the top!
Sometimes I wish I had never been overweight. Sometimes I wish I had never decided to get married at nineteen years old. Sometimes I wish I had followed my dream of being an interior designer instead of taking a job that paid well but didn't fulfill my passion. Sometimes I wish I had used my voice and took a stronger stand for what I knew was right.
But those choices I made have brought me where I am today... and I would NOT change a thing! I can relate to many people because of the things I've been through. I share my struggles, challenges, lessons learned, and victories with others in the hope it will help them feel like they aren't alone. I want to help them believe they can turn their pile of mistakes into a beautiful pile of successful trash! They can be successful in weight loss, marriage, finances, career, parenting, step-parenting, blended family issues, and other struggles we face. They CAN overcome!
I'm not there yet, but I'm on my way. Every day presents challenges and adversity. Sometimes I have to find more patience than the day before, but my dreams are important and I have to make them come true!
Are you smothered by your pile of trash, are you climbing to the top of it, or are you standing victorious with arms raised?