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"I think I can. I think I can. I think I can." -The Little Engine That Could

“Don’t waste your time on jealousy. Sometimes you’re ahead, sometimes you’re behind. The race is long and, in the end, it’s only with yourself.”

Mary Schmich

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“Whenever they say it can’t be done, remind them that they make a jellybean that tastes exactly like popcorn.”

–John Mayer

 

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Sometimes you need to step outside, get some air, and remind yourself who you are and who you want to be.

Sometimes I can start my day off right with a bowl of maple oatmeal. Sometimes I can pick myself up in the afternoon with a good cup of coffee. I even look forward to my run in the park or preparing and enjoying my dinner. Okay, I don’t usually look forward to a run in the park…but I do it. It can be very relaxing to read on the porch in an adirondack chair. But that’s not this moment.

When I’m staring at spreadsheets all day for someone else, spreadsheets that reflect numbers that are largely meaningless, taking that step outside is the most refreshing thing in the world. That moment feels like jumping into a cold spring on a hot and humid Georgia summer day. It’s an intentional break, and when that unconditioned air hits my lungs, I recall who I am and where I’m going. Throughout the day, when Excel pitches a fit, I’m thinking about where I want to be. But during this break, I realize that I’m getting there.

Take a trip outside today. Sit down for a minute. And remember who you are.

 

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“No, no! The adventures first, explanations take such a dreadful time.”

— Lewis Carroll

Today, accept the adventure that is placed before you. The promise of a new day is not one given freely or easily to everyone.

Don’t try to rationalize what’s happening or explain to yourself why it’s okay to let yourself live.

Just be here. And while you’re at it, enjoy the ride.

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“Sometimes even to live is an act of courage. ”

— Lucius Annaeus Seneca

Sometimes you don’t feel like getting up. Sometimes you don’t feel like facing the light of day or doing your best or trying at all.

Sometimes, it’s enough to just be. Sometimes, living takes all the courage you have and that’s okay.

Don’t beat yourself up for not being Superman. You woke up. You greeted the world with you own, unique energy.

That took guts. And I’m proud of you.

Love and light,

Carly

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I’d always believed that a life of quality, enjoyment, and wisdom were my human birthright and would be automatically bestowed upon me as time passed. I never suspected that I would have to learn how to live – that there were specific disciplines and ways of seeing the world I had to master before I could awaken to a simple, happy, uncomplicated life.

Dan Millman

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I think this is something that most 20-somethings have to learn first hand and that a lot of older folks need life to remind them of down the road.  The good news is that we are all learning these disciplines together.

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