Day 4 of Write31Days:
“You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You are able to say to yourself, ‘I have lived through this horror. I can take the next thing that comes along.’ You must do the thing you think you cannot do.” – Eleanor Roosevelt
Here’s another quote that I’ve used often in hard times when I just felt like I could not go any further. Now, I’m not a runner and I certainly have never been in a marathon, nor am I likely to. But I have at times felt in my life like runners must feel during their races, when you get to certain point and you think your body or your mind will just not go any further. And there’s nothing you can do to convince your legs to come down one more time or your lungs to breathe deeply just one more second.
In those times, I turned to this quote to remind me that every new challenge that comes my way can be overcome because I’ve dealt with every previous challenge before. Once you have a baseline for understanding how much you can do, you know how much farther you can push it be on that.
It doesn’t mean that you’re still not in pain or that you’re not afraid any longer, it just means that despite the fear and pain you can keep going a little bit longer. And by continuing to go forward you eventually reach your goal, whatever that may be.
So remember, you can face anything that comes along, simply because you’ve done it before.
You tell me – what challenges were you sure you were never going to overcome? What helped you get through them?
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