Blogging on The Brightside

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

“The greatest danger in times of turbulence is not the turbulence- it is to act with yesterday’s logic.”

— Peter Drucker

At times, you may find that life can be a bit bumpy. In fact, those bumps may be large enough to make you confuse which direction is up.

The only thing that can make that worse is using out-dated methods to smooth out the wrinkles. Finding what works for you can be the difference between a small dip and a solid crash-and-burn.

You can’t always avoid every up and down, but you can remind yourself of how much you do know and trust your instincts. You’ve moved on, you’ve learned a lot.

Pilot your own life.

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“Some people believe holding on and hanging in there are signs of great strength. However, there are times when it takes much more strength to know when to let go and then do it.”

— Ann Landers

I’ve noticed recently that I can be stubborn.

(Anyone who knows me understands that this is both a blessing and a curse and in no way a “new” realization, but purely a statement of fact.)

When carrying something heavy (physically, emotionally, etc), it is impossible to realize just how much strain is being placed upon me. It’s only after I set it down for a break or finally make it to my destination that I feel the toll it’s taken. It’s only after some time that I regain feeling, where my blood starts pumping again, filling me up, reminding me that those parts that fought through the pain are still there, still working, ready for the next task.

In those moments, rather than strain and fight through the unnecessary pain, I could just as easily ask for help or allow myself to be helped by those around me. It would be the best thing to do, right? Then why do I insist on doing it all by myself? Why won’t I just let it go?

Why do any of us when faced with something that burdens us, that weighs us down, that hurts us, resist the urge to simply let it go?

We’ve all got something of which we are afraid to let go.

We struggle to decide if, in that moment, letting it be is better than letting it go.

Open your hands, your head, and your heart to something that will better serve you. That will bring you closer to where you really want to be and what you really want to feel. If it helps and if you can, let others ease the burden, lift the weight, and support you in the process.

Remind yourself that if you have the strength to “hang on” and “hang in” that you also possess the immense and incomparable strength that is regained when you loosen your grip. 


“Simplicity is about subtracting the obvious and adding the meaningful.”

— John Maeda

Let simplicity flood your days and remind yourself that sometimes, it CAN be that simple. Life is as difficult as we make it.

Today, I ask that you simply choose to live and let the rest happen as it should. Eliminate what is obviously clouding your vision for your right life and add in what matters most to you.

In doing so, you will find your true strength nestled between what is meant to be and the overwhelming presence of a life simply being LIVED.

Simplicity and Strength

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“Whatever course you decide upon, there is always someone to tell you that you are wrong. There are always difficulties arising which tempt you to believe that your critics are right. To map out a course of action and follow it to an end requires courage.”

— Ralph Waldo Emerson

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“The greater the obstacle, the more glory in overcoming it.”

— Moliere

I don’t always write for other people on this blog. I believe that both Ray and myself write often for what we, ourselves, need to hear. This is something I know will help me make it through this week (and those that follow) in one piece.

I need the reminder that overcoming something (anything) is amazing. It provide an feeling of accomplishment and strength. It is awe-inspiring when you can turn around and see how far you’ve come. What may seem impossible to overcome is just your obstacles demonstrating the monstrous amount of strength you can gain from it in the end.

Take the challenges and obstacles presented to you and tell them to go straight to hell.

You will overcome this. Your glory days are right around the corner. Decide that you are bigger than this and prove it to yourself.

I hope you find strength you did not even know you had this week.

Love and Light,





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