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say to yourself, "What am I doing? Should I go back? I know the way
back. That is likely the best thing to do. At least, I tried. Any sane
person would turn back. What was I thinking?" Do you listen to these
words of fear, or do you balance them with words of inspiration? "I
know what I want. I know that there is a beautiful lake and I want to be
there. Perhaps I will be the only person ever to sit by that lake. Surely it
is only a little further. I am strong. I can do this."
is something about forests in the middle of meadows. The closer you get to
the center of the forest, the darker it becomes.
And then---it begins to get lighter and lighter as you walk out the
other side. Often achieving goals is like walking through that clump of
trees, that forest. The most difficult part, the darkest" part is just
before it begins to get easier. Of course, this is a judgment you have to
make. You are the only one with all the facts. Think about it carefully,
though. Sometimes we miss the spectacular views in life because all we can
see is the forest in front of us. We lose sight of the mountains and lakes
as Alice M. Swain said so beautifully, is not the towering oak that sees
storms come and go; it is the fragile blossom that opens in the snow. Do not
be afraid to open...and blossom.
today, think about times you have turned back and times you have forged
ahead. Think about the reasons you took those paths. Reflect on the outcomes
and look for inspiration to continue to pursue your goals.
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