“Don’t wait until everything is just right. It will never be perfect. There will always be challenges, obstacles and less than perfect conditions. So what. Get started now. With each step you take, you will grow stronger and stronger, more and more skilled, more and more self-confident and more and more successful.” – Mark Victor Hansen
“If you do not change direction, you may end up where you are heading.” – Lao Tzu
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“Real difficulties can be overcome; it is only the imaginary ones that are unconquerable.” – Theodore Vail
What a profound quote! This is the sort of inspirational quote that makes you think… my absolute favorite kind. When I come face to truth with a quote like this one, I like to just spend a little time alone with it.
When I think back over my life, I can recall certain difficulties. I think of these difficulties as unwanted visitors. They always intrude in the same way. My family, figuratively, is sitting comfortably in around the dining room, having a wonderful meal – talking about University of Kentucky Basketball, St. Louis Cardinals baseball, the Denver Broncos. Then trouble arrives banging on the door, upsetting everyone and causing chaos. The most unwelcome guest of all time.
However, as I think back on these difficulties…. none of them won. We always survived. What’s more, we walked away stronger and wiser.
As Theodore Vail points out, it’s the imaginary visitors at the door that are our undoing. The problems we only “imagine” are at the door – problems that, truth be told, aren’t even on our property. These are the “What if…” variety of problems – the ones we invent in the most worrisome corner of our mind.”
As important and vital as thought is, and truthfully don’t we wish more people practiced the art, sometimes we can think too much. A lot can be said for dealing with difficulties and troubles as they come. Face it, people are going to talk if we run to the door, waving a Louisville Slugger in the air and threatening something that isn’t even there.
Next time you have a problem or difficulty, make sure it’s actually in the room with you before you lash out.
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I think that I cannot preserve my health and spirits, unless I spend four hours a day at least – and it is commonly more than that – sauntering through the woods and over the hills and fields, absolutely free from all worldly engagements. – Henry David Thoreau
It is only when we silent the blaring sounds of our daily existence that we can finally hear the whispers of truth that life reveals to us, as it stands knocking on the doorsteps of our hearts. – K.T. Jong
Inside myself is a place where I live all alone, and that’s where I renew my springs that never dry up. – Pearl Buck
In quiet places, reason abounds. – Adlai Stevenson
Never be afraid to sit awhile and think. – Lorraine Hansberry, A Raisin in the Sun
By all means use sometimes to be alone. Salute thyself; see what thy soul doth wear. – George Herbert
Only in quiet waters do thing mirror themselves undistorted. Only in a quiet mind is adequate perception of the world. – Hans Margolius
I just added an article to my mental fitness blog (Out of Bounds) centered around this very topic… quietness. You can check it out by quietly clicking the link. Just kidding, you can click the link as loudly as you like: Relaxation 101: Quiet the Mind and Steady the Nerves
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