“We must look for the opportunity in every difficulty instead of being paralyzed at the thought of the difficulty in every opportunity.” — Walter E. Cole, Korean War Hero
This is a great quote, something I need to take to heart. Even after nearly 5 years of continuous personal development this is still one of my shortcomings. I still allow myself to be paralyzed at the thought of the difficulty inherent in certain situations. Or to put it another way, I’ve found myself fearful and unwilling to face up to what I know I need to do. Have you ever found yourself feeling that way? I’ve read Feel the Fear and Do It Anyway, but I’m just not doing it 😦 How do you overcome the fear and paralysis?
“Only free people can hold their purpose and their honor steady to a common end, and prefer the interests of mankind to any narrow interest of their own.” — Woodrow Wilson 1856 – 1924, 28th President of the United States
What is freedom? For me, a big part of freedom is being able to go where you want, when you want and do whatever you want with whomever you want without having to worry about how much any of it costs and of course without preventing anyone else from doing the same. It is being able to do and say whatever I want without harming anyone else.
If I can get myself to that level of freedom that frees me to work for the good of all mankind. It is truly the rare individual who can focus on doing big things when they themselves or their family is starving. Harriet Tubman escaped to freedom first herself, then went back to help free others. What do you think?
I am thankful for
- LEB cooking dinner.
- A working washer and dryer.
- A working dish washer.
- Online banking.
- High speed internet.
- That LEB got my desk chair fixed.
- My cell phone.
- Hugs from the kids.
- That MJB and CIB walked home safely from school.
I acknowledge myself for:
- Deciding to be healthy and taking a walk.
- Deciding to be healthy and doing some bodyweight calisthenics.
- Focusing on the family by eating dinner together.
- Being consistent by reading 10+ pages of personal development material.
- Being consistent by listening to 30+ minutes of personal development material.
- Being open to learning.
- Being disciplined by taking a shower.
- Being helpful by washing and drying clothes.
- Being helpful by folding clothes.
- Taking care of the dog.