The lovely Meradeth Houston has me on her blog, WRITE STUFF today!
Come say HI, will you?
"When things go wrong, don't go with them."
- Elvis Presley.
We often falter when our enthusiasm is worn down by thousands of life's paper-cuts and flat tires in our pursuit of whatever dream we have.
There is nothing wrong in having a Big Dream and working for it.
But it will not come true overnight or in the exact way you have envisioned it happening.
You need to create small rewards along the way.
You must take the time to celebrate your small successes, your insights and a-ha moments, not just the end result.
You can’t put the only prize at the end of a very long journey and expect that will be enough.
It would be like asking yourself to cross a desert without a glass of water, with the promise of a lake at the other end.
At some point, you’ll say, “Screw the lake, just take away the pain of this parched throat … now!”
But many, instead of celebrating their small successes,
only use them as spurs to propel themselves faster and faster towards that ultimate brass ring.
That easily leads to exhaustion, emotional and physical.
When you’re tired and anxious and feel like giving up, it’s easy to ask: what’s wrong with me? Am I on the wrong path?
It's not the path. It's the rest areas you are passing up.
What is wrong is that you failed to pause and enjoy the journey, the small milestones you had achieved.
You hardly ever took time to look back and say to yourself, “Wow, look at how far I’ve come! What a view!”
Instead of keeping yourself up with worry by repeating “There’s more that needs doing,”
reward yourself for a good day’s work with a good night’s sleep, knowing that you made real progress.
Farmers let their tilled land lie fallow for a season.
And if even dirt needs a rest, how much more so does your human body and spirit.
So, my weary friends, nurture your potential by cultivating the habit of pause and reflection,
by taking the time to enjoy those accomplishments as they’re happening.
Be at peace with your stage of the journey and try and laugh along the way, all right?
It’s impossible to live without failing at something unless you live so cautiously that you might as well not have lived at all.
- J.K. Rowling