“Each time we face our fear, we gain strength, courage, and confidence in the doing.” ~ Unknown
Every now and then our strength gets tested. A personal tragedy, not achieving a goal, or struggling with finances can test our strength. Situations like these can leave us feeling drained; gasping for air.
Wednesday, November 19
My strength was tested recently. I was assigned a project that took me four weeks to complete two years ago when I was given a similar assignment. This time I had less than 18 hours to get it done. Along with the physical constraints (time and amount of work), I also felt a few emotional constraints, too.
The decision that lead to my assignment wasn’t made until 5:30 p.m. So, the 18 hours included trying to get in a few hours of sleep. Driving home from the office, strength was the last thing I felt. Dread was the prevailing reaction.
When I arrived home, I changed clothes, ate a quick dinner, opened my laptop and jumped in. My rational mind told me, “You’ve done this before, trust yourself.” While my irrational mind was telling me, “This may be the time when you can’t.”
In an attempt to find the more truthful mind, and a dose of strength, I reviewed the completed project from two years ago. Reviewing the work, I felt overwhelmed. The irrational mind was winning.
I launched Pandora and selected my favorite station. Closing my eyes, I took a few moments to slow down my mind and say a quiet prayer. In that moment, I was gently nudged. It occurred to me that I don’t have to prove a thing; I just have to be strong enough to know that I don’t have to do it all alone.
More than half of the assignment was completed. My rational mind was winning and my spirit felt alive.
The assignment was a good reminder that I don’t have to bring a Herculean effort to the challenges I face. I just have to rely on faith to know that I don’t have to walk alone. And my faith tells me these are the things that help me remember that I’m strong enough:
- Enjoy the gifts we receive every day.
- Remember life is wonderful, even when it hurts.
- Keep in mind that life is for learning, growing and changing.
- Share our hearts.
- Find the inspiration to keep hope alive and our faith strong.
- Give ourselves grace and compassion.
- Keep our hearts open to love.
- Admit our weaknesses and acknowledge our temptations.
- Reconnect with those we have neglected or taken for granted.
- Use this day, right now, to be happy.
- Understand our power isn’t for others to take – it’s ours to give, but only to those we choose.
- Focus on what’s important and know that true abundance is best measured by the love we share.
Sometimes the simple path to feeling strong, no matter what life throws at you, begins with leaning on faith so you’ll remember that you don’t have to superhuman – you just have to be strong enough to ask for help.
I shut down my laptop and headed to bed. My plan was to grab some sleep and then get up early in the morning to finish the project.
As I closed my eyes, I knew I did my best. I gave the assignment everything I had and was pleased with the outcome. I found strength by surrendering to the temptation that I had to do it all on my own.
I realized I passed this test by believing I was strong enough.
What is A Simple Path?
This post is in A Simple Path, a twice-weekly series of short pieces inspired by my own life experiences. Each post is a simple path to experiencing something wonderful: maybe seeing life from a different perspective, or celebrating its beauty. Click here to read all posts in the series.