“Live your life to the fullest, and fight for your dreams.” ~ Ashley Smith
Is there something you are fighting for right now? Is it your child? Your spouse? Your partner? Is it your job, your dream, or your faith? What are you fighting for?
If realizing our heart’s desire was easy, then maybe we wouldn’t be so motivated to try a little harder; or set our goals as high. Often the things we fight for are the things that are most important.
At least, it’s that way for me.
Earlier this week I released my first book, Saying Yes to Change: 10 Timeless Life Lessons for Creating Positive Change. This phase of my book publishing journey has been the hardest. The amount of time, and effort, it’s taking to get the book’s message out is exhausting. While I’m fortunate to have many people helping me, the primary work is falling on my shoulders.
I hit the wall Tuesday afternoon. Discouraged by lower-than-expected book sales, I pushed away from the computer and headed outside for a three-mile run. My plan was to run, shower, eat dinner and then head to bed. I was done – both psychically and emotionally.
With my iPhone strapped to my arm, I tapped the Pandora app to get lost in a different world. My TobyMac station didn’t disappoint. Each song offered its own dose of encouragement. Along with the nourishing music; the late-afternoon sun was still warm enough to cause a good sweat. By the time I returned home, I felt renewed.
As I was walking off the run, the song What Faith Can Do provided the crescendo:
Anyone can feel the ache
You think it’s more than you can take
But you’re stronger, stronger than you know
Don’t you give up now.
Sometimes the simple path to having something to fight for is remembering what you are fighting for in the first place – and then believing you have the strength to keep fighting.
After the run, my faith returned. I remembered the reason I wrote the book was to share my heart; not to become a New York Times Bestselling author.
I showered, grabbed some food and settled in front of the computer. There were interviews to complete, emails to return and new posts to write. It felt good having my strength back; it felt good being reminded about what’s important.
It felt good having something to fight for – again.
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.