Yesterday I was driving to work thinking about how beautiful the world is. I was thinking of Live, Not Ordinary and how much I could write about mindset and goodness and how wonder of the world! I questioned how anyone could lack inspiration or be unable to write about such things.
Then I tried to write. I had an idea in my head, but I couldn’t get it on paper. The thoughts wouldn’t come out right. I changed the title of the piece several times to better fit the words as they flowed. Then I’d change it again as different words took shape on the page only to find those words led me in yet another direction.
The result is a post completed to say I’d completed it. It was long and lectury, for lack of a better word. I know it. I’m not proud of it. I agree with all I said and find beauty in some of the words, but…it’s not what I wanted to say.
At some point though, you have to hit publish and move on with your day.
One of the things I learned from the Green Berets is to show up every day and give that day’s 100%. That doesn’t mean every day is the same 100%. Some days are awesome and you swing for the fences. Other days you barely hobble down to first, but the point is, you never give up. You never quit. You give your personal 100% best for the day.
I did that with yesterday’s writing. I do that in pretty much all I do every day now. It’s made a difference.
While I’m not thrilled with my less than perfect message, I am pleased with my efforts and the fact that I pushed passed mental blocks that said I wasn’t good enough and that told me to quit, that I was a failure, or that no one would care anyway.
After years of studying mindset, I’ve learned training to have an open, hope filled mindset doesn’t mean you avoid down periods like these all together. What we can do is avoid some and not let those that do hit us keep us down. We can push past them and laugh at our own inadequacies. Most of all, we can give thanks for being given another day to try again and the humility that helps us realize that, just when we think we can’t go wrong, God shows us we can.
Our only real choice is to decide whether we will be defeated or find humility and gratitude for the times life goes right.
I know what I will choose every time…which sounds suspiciously like my claim that I’d never be uninspired or have difficulty finding the right words.
Humility teaches us we will not perform perfectly every time, but Hope in the Lord tells us we can believe we should give our 100% every time and let God work His miracles with that!
Gratitude Journal – May 5, 2023
Thank You Lord for…
- Fridays!! That should be fill all ten slots! Haha
- a sense of humor
- K’s Confirmation
- Hope I’m the Holy Ghost to win battles I cannot
- R coming home from college!!!
- The warmth of the day
- A lesson the kids understand.
- Calculators to show graphs more easily and in different colors!
- Gas at the cheapest station around.
- double rainbows!!!