Thursday, December 2, 2010

I Will

After reading so many of Your Stories, I have to post some of my thoughts:

The amount of fight, courage, and ability to keep steppin' has been eye-opening. It's truly made me look in the mirror and ask myself if I'm doing all I possibly can, not only with my own path, but with those around me. I have a feeling the answer may always be "no." Isn't there always more to be done... even when we think all forms of action have been taken? I'm not sure I know the answer, but I do know I'll keep asking the question.

A common theme that continued to show it's face, no matter the subject of the story, was "I will..." Even during the most frustrating and challenging journeys, the end result was always, "Nothing will keep me from what I want. It was / is difficult, but I will..." This is a lesson for all of us, no matter our specific paths. Nothing can hold us from reaching whatever goal(s) we passionately want. Actually, I lied. The only thing that can keep us from achieving is us; our mindsets.

If we focus our thoughts, words, beliefs, and actions to our destination... nothing is strong enough. In all of these stories, they made a conscious decision to keep throwing punches, never taking no for an answer. They all had the opportunity to stop, put their faces in their hands, and quit... instead, all chose "I will."

Will you choose to look at your reflection and only see the possibilities, especially when there doesn't seem to be any? This is our daily challenge, isn't it: Staring deep inside and admitting we may have been ducking this vulnerability. The answers we want will never come until we first tell ourselves, "I have the ability to..." "I'm going to do whatever it takes to achieve..." "I WILL."

Be the 1%!


Rettakat said...

Even when I get side-tracked occasionally with squirrelly thinking, eventually I must come back to this same thing: it's my choice. I must choose the "I will".

It really IS in the mindset. I need to remember that even when I am exploring valuable internal questions, I still can choose to DO the right things externally. The Plan does not have to come to a screeching halt just because I want to sit and meditate awhile!

I appreciate the stories of triumph you've been sharing. And I really liked how you saw the common thread that ran through them all: I will. I had missed that, so thank you for pointing it out.


Dayne Gingrich said...

Somewhere in each story, there was a hint (sometimes very small) of determination, fight, and a knowingness of success.

"I will" doesn't have to be said in those exact words... as long as the mindset and actions are there.

Thanks, Loretta.

Phil-theincredibleshrinkingman said...

I may not get there today or tomorrow but I WILL get there. I wish I could wake up tomorrow and find all my problems solved but life isn't like that, it takes work and reading other peoples stories makes me realise that there are so many incredible people out there