Famously Eleanor Roosevelt insisted, “You must do the thing you think you
cannot do.” Eleanor elevated
herself above her fears by lifting her thinking into the realm of what is
Do you have someone in your life who inspires you? I have long held Eleanor as a cherished
role model. I am blessed with an
heroic friend and fellow author, Kathleen Gallagher Everett. Her daily reminder, borrowed from “Secret Agent L,” is, “Be kind: no
exceptions.” When she sends a
student on their way she encourages, “Now get out there and do some good in the
world.” Like, Eleanor, she is
driven toward the good with a practical desire to elevate the experiences and
conditions of whomever she can.
These women work toward superior circumstances not because they are easy
or convenient but because they are POSSIBLE.
I am blessed to have role models who inspire me to daily act
toward the good. Steve Maraboli of
EmpoweredLivingRadio.com summarizes our daily opportunities for good in this way,
“One kind gesture, one person at a time, one day at a time.”
As I sauntered away from my work day with the waning dusk
hurrying me home…I whispered my thanks to Eleanor and my friends, for the
myriad ways they reach above the uncertainties of any day and inspire me to remember my own saying,
possibility begins with the courage to imagine.”
What possibilities will you have the courage to imagine and
act on today? Now, GET OUT THERE and do that thing you think you cannot do. Go.
Our lives are simply
a succession of nows. (taken from PROMISES TO MYSELF, Conari Press)
Cocoa calmly greeted me as I step out from the post office. Cocoa
was an uber friendly chocolate Labrador Retriever. I was buzzingly busy with errands, I had the next thing drawing me forward. Cocoa invited me into her dog medicine
and nothing else seemed as important.
Cocoa had nudges and soft kisses and profound reminders for me. There is
no “next thing,” she affirmed.
There’s just this thing. This now.
Followed by the next now.
So I visited with her and learned her two-legged companion, her “driver”
got her when he only had five
grandchildren and now he has eleven grandchildren. That gives Cocoa quite a
succession of nows, doesn’t it?
And my afternoon just got less hurried, richer and chocolatier (choc-oh-lot-ee-er).
Embrace your convictions without apology. (quote from PROMISES TO MYSELF, Conari Press)
“Well, I’m sorry, but I have to disagree with you…”
Conflict is not at the top of many people’s list of favorite things. There are times when a deeply held conviction requires that we take a different path. Choosing a different road than your peers often generates difficulty. This is not a matter requiring an apology but one that is to be celebrated.
“The best place to stand is where everyone else – isn’t.” If you’ve ever been to a Disney property you know the rarity of approaching something that is absent a line. You never apologize for hopping on an entertaining ride absent standing in a line. You celebrate it for sure! So it is for the times in which embracing a conviction of yours leads you away from your peer group. It is an assurance that your vision toward your own goals and purpose is 20/20.
When I traveled to Paris with a group of friends, each traveler had different destinations in mind. Rather than argue over where we would all go together, we each pursued our own way and met up at the end of the day. No apologies. There was fascinating dinner conversation. Every one had fresh experiences to share and the journey was enlarged for everyone because of the diverse roads.
Extend your hand with the strongest reach. (from PROMISES TO MYSELF, Conari Press)
I’m carried a letter dated December 26, 1772 around in
my journal for the month of September last year.
Did the author of this letter have any idea while penning this letter
that 238 years later an artist would carry around their words? Likely not. 238 years – is quite a long reach.
I want to have an expanded awareness that when I extend my
hand with my strongest reach…I have no idea of the consequences of that
stretch. Thinking forward to
the year 2248 gives me serious pause.
What might words and actions might mean to someone…238 years from
now? And how does that action look
today? What does your strongest
reach look like? What legacy are you creating with your words and actions?