August 11th - Naysayers

Friday, August 11, 2017

"Whatever you can do
or dream you can,
begin it;

Boldness has genius, power and magic in it."

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In the quiet moments you overflow with excitement
at the golden possibilities that stretch endlessly before you.

Because happiness is the most difficult emotion to bear alone,
you confide your dream to your partner, 
best friend, lover, sister, mother, children.

Their lack of enthusiasm hits you at point-blank range. 


The "for your own good" litany pours forth:
you're too old, 
too overextended to try something new right now,
too broke,
too inexperienced.
You don't have the resources,
the talent,
the contacts,
or one chance in a million to bring this dream to fruition.


Oh, really?

Consider the track record of your naysayers.
How many dreams have they successfully brought into the world?

I thought so.

Please be careful about confiding your sacred dreams, 
especially in the first trimester after creative conception...

A disgruntled dreamer is a risky mentor...

Second thoughts [and listening to naysayers]
 have aborted more dreams than all the difficult circumstances, 
overwhelming obstacles, and dangerous detours
 fate ever could throw at you.

Undermining your authenticity 
by succumbing to someone else's second thoughts 
is a sinister, subtle, and seductive form of 

Few of us are immune to the opinions of others. 

We need to learn how to 
dispassionately assess advice,
ponder the source, 
weigh the opinion. 

If the information is insightful 
and is something you hadn't considered, 
retain it. 

If it's discouraging, 
let it go.

End your conversation politely but firmly.

Better yet, in the future, 
don't even start it.

the leader of the Scottish Himalayan Expedition team
that scaled Mount Everest in 1951,
urges the dreamer in you to take a leap of faith:

"Concerning all acts of initiative (and creation), 
there is one elementary truth
the ignorance of which kills countless ideas and splendid plans;

that the moment one definitely commits oneself, 
then Providence moves too.

All sorts of things occur to help one 
that would never otherwise have occurred.

A whole stream of events issue from the decision, 
raising in one's favor all manner of unforeseen 
incidents and meetings and material assistance 
which no man could have dreamed would have come his way."
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Gratitude Journal

1) Funny little things about having a house. My downstairs toilet won't flush unless you hold it for 5 seconds. So I usually get to see a lot of people's crap because they thought they flushed it and didn't check...My mom's guest toilet has the same problem! And so she made me this cute picture that she made for hers. The frame is from our thrift store adventure together. And of course, the twins wanted in on the picture.

 Riley was dressed in the morning...she stripped lie 5 minutes later.

2) Bigger things in the house, and Robbie doing so much to fix them for me. We didn't end up having everything we needed to finish the project tonight, but by next week I should no longer have chipped keys!!! Darn kids...I don't know when they did this, or what they used...

3) Pianos. I'm so grateful that I found this one at the thrift store for $100 bucks, and that my home has the perfect space for it.

4) My kids drive me absolutely nuts, but they are freakin' adorable. It's a happy balance.

5) I only have 142 blogs left to write! I love this, but I'm feeling the same urge that I always do when I get close to finishing something...don't finish. Ugh, it's an awful feeling.