“The mind is the limit. As long as the mind can envision the fact that you can do something, you can do it, as long as you really believe 100%.” ~ Arnold Schwarzenegger
“I think one way to explain what’s wrong with my life is that I’ve lost my “flow”. I’ve created a mindset for myself where I simply go with the flow, everybody and anybodies over my own.”
These words (grammatically intact) were found scrawled on a torn up piece of paper on the dry dirt ground of a raceway in Alix, AB. There’s no name or identifying information other than the paper header which is from Elysia Resort in Quesnel Lake, BC.
We invest in our futures every day.
We attend school, put money into savings accounts, purchase life insurance, buy stocks and/or bonds, save for trips, cars, houses or for any number of activities we want to participate in or things we want to own.
We ALL hit walls.
What walls we encounter look different for everyone from one day to the next, one moment to the next.
I have been struggling for the last week with how to put what is in my head and heart into words. I have had so many thoughts go racing through my mind that move me that it’s like my soul is one large, crowded storage locker.
So I figure, why not write about the wall? Maybe that will help my mental clutter…be a little less cluttered.
Over the last few weeks I’ve experienced loss through death, personal health issues and stress over financial demands. These things have acted like a drain on my energy. I can feel the heaviness and I am now at the point where I can recognize when my body starts to fight back.
I am not alone in this. My social media pages have been filled with friends suffering through their own tribulations from loss of relationships to grieving the death of a loved one to physical injuries and setbacks.
We are all standing in front of our walls. We are looking up and feeling small in comparison to the bricks made of stress, grief and pain. I am not kidding when I say my wall looks like it’s about 650 feet tall at times! It is in times like this that we find out what we are truly capable of achieving.
In all of this there is a choice to be made.
Let that wall stand untouched preventing us from reaching our goals, from overcoming our challenges OR we can fight back with everything we have and break through that wall causing it to crumble piece by piece until it stands no more.
Walls are also twice as quick to succumb to force when it’s a team effort. “Hey, do you want to go kick the crap out of my wall with me?” can easily be code for “Please help me with my kids!” (or find a job, reach a goal, heal a wound or whatever other item you need to insert into that sentence) The other great thing is that walls are temporary. They are built to be scaled, removed or destroyed when no longer necessary or beneficial to your situation.
Wherever you are, whatever you are doing I hope you are able to see your wall, stand tall against it and make it fall to the ground!
Photo Credit: Armando Tura
*Warning* There may be an expletive used in the writing of this blog entry as the blog writer is totally pissed off!
This morning as I checked my Twitter account before heading out the door for my run an article link flashed before me and I could not resist opening it up…mostly because the first word that entered my brain when I read the title was “Bullshit”.
With all the positive, inspirational and motivational quotes, comments and stories being put out for consumption every day I thought that I would remind people there is a place in our lives for anger, sadness and dark well.
“Happy Birthday to the Used Girl Child”
Those were the words leaping out at me from the first birthday card I had ever received from my new grandmother 6 months after my mother and stepfather were married.
You can choose to let it paralyze you, resist against it with all your will, avoid it or you can instead welcome it, embrace it and let it propel your life forward in amazing and positive ways.
I got punched in the face.
What did I feel? Gratitude.
I get through a workout or a physical challenge.
I continuously set goals that seem daunting and near to impossible to achieve to some.
I have been able to compare so much of life to boxing lately. Probably the most common one is when life hands you a punch do you choose to submit to it or stand up and fight back?