Dear Why Team members,
I hope this weeks WTW finds you well and encouraged. Yes, encouraged - to be filled with courage. Have you ever considered that there cannot be courage without fear? We humans live with the awareness that we will physically die. It takes courage to face this fact every day - especially in those moments when we're fully conscious that tomorrow is promised to no one. This task of living is made all the more difficult when our best laid plans for the future go sideways. One can invest many years of their life in a marriage only to find one day that their partner has other plans for the future. One can follow all the rules of...
nutrition and exercise only to find that health issues arise or their back goes out. Our love of status quo is a desire for immortality. Life is change and to live it more fully is to embrace change, embracing it with courage - not the absence of fear - but with a hope and a faith in the future despite our fear. A belief that our best days lie ahead, not behind, if we would but more fully live in each of our newly given moments.
When we live and appreciate each given moment as best we can, we are empowered to better influence our future in a positive direction. Know that no matter how hard life may be at times, there is so much in which to be thankful, it just can be obscured by our focus on what is or what might be lost. When we more fully appreciate what we have right here and right now, we begin to fill those empty fearful places that if left unattended can steal our hope and joy.
Never forget, that if your joy has been stolen, it's an inside job.
Your thoughts are your choice. Why choose those thoughts that weaken and destroy? Below are a few thoughts that may be of strength to you. I hope you choose to make it a great week,
When things go wrong as they sometimes will,
When the road you’re trudging seems all uphill,
When the funds are low and the debts are high,
And you want to smile but you have to sigh,
When care is pressing you down a bit
Rest if you must, but don’t you quit.
Success is failure turned inside out,
The silver tint on the clouds of doubt,
And you can never tell how close you are,
It may be near when it seems afar.
So, stick to the fight when you’re hardest hit
It’s when things go wrong that you mustn’t quit. -Unknown
"Most of the important things in the world have been accomplished by people who have kept on trying when there seemed to be no hope at all." - Dale Carnegie