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It's in your moments of decision that your destiny is shaped.
-Anthony Robbins

From "Healing Words for the Body, Mind and Spirit" by Caren Golman:

Whether it's choosing to climb a mountain or to climb into a bed for dialysis or to climb over the ruins of some part of our lives, once we accept a challenge, we step into the world of the unknown and it forever changes us. Moreover, I would guess that, once on the other side of the most serious challenges that we've accepted, most of us have felt strengthened by the experience.

When faced with accepting or rejecting serious ventures that challenge the whole of our personalities, psychologist Carl G. Jung says that caution has its place but we cannot refuse our support. "If we oppose it, we are trying to suppress what is best in man-his daring and his aspirations. And should we succeed, we should only have stood in the way of that invaluable experience which might have given meaning to life. What would have happened if Paul had allowed himself to be talked out of his journey to Damascus?"

In meeting a challenge, we become witnesses to our ability to go where we haven't gone before, do what we've never done before, and arrive at a new place in our lives. Indeed, once witnessed, the courage, fortitude, self-trust, and even the humility that helped carry us through can never be "unwitnessed."

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