But, barring early childhood issues, the one common denominator for humans is we took daring, gravity-defying, brave first steps. And we laughed the whole time. Splat! We fell down, and we may have cried, then giggled, but we got back up and with great determination – we tried again.
You have it in you. You know you do. We learned to walk by taking ONE More Step.
Over the past month I’ve seen numerous posts reminding us to take one more step, encouraging us to keep going. Why so many posts around the world about Keep On Keepin’ On’? It tells me we are all a bit weary. This has been a challenging decade for most of us. Change has been swift, unrelenting, and not always kind.
With the loss of my two sweet canine roommates over the past four months, I have wanted to crawl back into bed some mornings instead of jumping out excited about the day. Little things – a dust bunny in a corner the color of Xena’s fur, a toy forgotten under the bed, scratch marks on the carpet where she tried to dig to China – each little sign of their presence stops me in my tracks.
One more step.
Just keep going.
Whether you are looking for work, trying to pay that mortgage, rewriting your resume for the 5th time, trying to quit smoking, trying to drop a size – take one more step.
You don’t have to do it all at once. You won’t change habits in a week that took a decade to form. One more ounce, one more pound, one more pushup, one more push-away (from the table, from the smokes, from the chocolate.)
Life happens one breath at a time. Even our broken hearts beat one beat at a time. One choice. One step. You can do it.
Eventually we get where we are going. And we look back sometimes and wonder how we did it. The sense of achievement and accomplishment is worth the effort. The peace of knowing we still have some control over our destiny is worth the time.
If you slip backwards, that’s OK. Just take one more step in the right direction and things will work out. Discouragement and the desire to quit are the enemy. One foot in front of the other will save you.
You are worth the effort. We need you healthy. So work on that. Make that your goal… and…
Take care of yourself,
We need you!
© 2012 Beth Terry, CSP, Phoenix, AZ and Honolulu, HI
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Fall seven times, stand up eight. ~ Japanese Saying
When you come to the end of your rope, tie a knot and hang on.
~ Franklin D. Roosevelt
When you get to your wits end, you will find, God lives there.
It is not the mountain we conquer but ourselves. ~ Edmund Hillary