What do you do when someone has let you down? When a promise is not kept, an expectation is not met, an obligation is forgotten, how do you handle it?
We can blame the person who spilled the milk, or ask, how can we prevent the milk from spilling in the future?
If you’re like most people, you blame the person who has disappointed you. Rightfully so, after all, you couldn’t possible be responsible for their failure.
And blame is the best way to solve your problem.
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I lost an old acquaintance a few weeks ago to cancer. Her’s was a short journey from diagnosis to death, not three month. Given no reason to hope for recovery, she faced her death with courage.
When we have no more hope, we must call upon courage to do what we must do.
We face many times in our lives when we must abandon our hope for a different outcome and instead call upon our courage to see us through. Courage, you may remember, is not the absence of fear, but rather the willingness to move forward in spite of it.
Diagnosis of a fatal illness is one of those times. So is a chronic condition without treatment options. Divorce, permanent disability, loss of limb and death of a loved one all require courage. Continue reading
Being authentic extends beyond what we say. It includes what we do, not only in specific instances but in the broad expanse of our lives. We have two choices in life.
Reaching for a dream means having the courage to set out alone, prepared and eager to discover the adventure that lies ahead
We can be our authentic selves or conform to others’ expectations. Others’ expectations for us are frequently far less than our capabilities, and rarely take into account our dreams, even if we’ve shared them.
When we live our dream life, whether or not that brings with it the level of success we envision, then we’re being authentic. It doesn’t matter if the dream is large or small, ordinary or exceptional. What counts is whether we’re doing what matters most to us.
Our dreams are not meant to torment us but to propel us to live to our full capability.