Today is the Marathon – Inspiration

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Do something today that your future self will thank you for.

“There are no shortcuts to any place worth going.”
― Beverly Sills

It’s moving day!! I’m sitting here with Jean Ann dreading what’s about to happen. By this afternoon, I’ll be in Memphis with a Budget truck packing my crap to drive back on Saturday and unload it on Sunday in Baton Rouge. I’ve run a marathon! It’s the same sort of thing, I think.

So, today, I’m asking for inspiration. Send me your favorites!! You know how to reach me …. by text, Facebook, comments on this blog, by phone or in person!

Tell me how you get through hard things. What inspires you?? I need to know NOW!

3 thoughts on “Today is the Marathon – Inspiration

  1. Most of the time I remind myself about what I’ve already made it through, and that I have people in my life that love me and will help me if I need them to, and that I’m pretty damn amazing…and just TRY to show me something I can’t do. I WILL put my finger in your face and show you what’s what.

    But positive self-talk can only go so far in some situations. On rare occasions, I get into a real funk.
    When I do, one of the most powerful, effective ways I’m empowered to get through something hard is the experience of expressing my feelings about it to someone safe and having those feelings validated by that person.

    I recently came home from work feeling completely and totally demoralized. I was being trained to do something relatively menial and being made to feel like an utter failure and moron by my trainer. My feelings of despair were exacerbated by the knowledge that I had spent the last four years working my ass off to get my BA in order to get a professional job in my field and some control over my destiny, but instead I was struggling to figure out how to make ends meet in a service job where I felt unheard and underutilized.

    My partner could tell how bad I was feeling when I walked in the door from work. As I went into the bedroom to get out of my work clothes, he got up from what he was doing, followed me into our room, laid across the bed and asked me to tell him what was going on. All I could manage to say was “This is NOT what I want to be doing. I worked my ass off for four years to graduate magna cum laude and I’m doing THIS. This is NOT what I want to be doing.”
    Did he try to fix my feelings? He did not.
    Did he take up my offense and rant about how badly I was being treated at work? He did not.
    In an understanding voice, he said “I know this is not what you want to be doing. I know.”
    That’s it. And like a vapor, my frantic feelings of despair vanished and I felt calm inside.

    You know you have also been one of those safe people in my life who have performed this kind of magic for me, my friend. I’m so grateful for you, Sharon!! ❤

  2. This guy knew something about moving through the universe :

    Far better is it to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though checkered by failure… than to rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy nor suffer much, because they live in a gray twilight that knows not victory nor defeat.
    Theodore Roosevelt

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