When I first heard of the Health Activist Writers Month Challenge I was excited at the thought of being part of something bigger than myself and of operating under the umbrella of a Health Activist. As the days drifted by I forgot all about it and the party started without me.
And in that moment the challenge became another powerful example of what I couldn’t do and just how bad things were beneath the smiles and the laughter. I had a vision of the train leaving the station and all the Health Activists being on it and just little ol me and the tumble weed in the station.
I bowed my head, not so much in reverence of something greater, but as a sign of defeat. It was all over, what was the point? Who was I kidding to think I was a Health Activist anyway?
But apparently I am made of sterner stuff. I am an victor and not a victim (it’s just that sometimes I get the words mixed up!) and it dawned on me that there was another train coming soon and I could simply get on that one. And I remembered the story of the tortoise and the hare. If the tortoise had given up because of ‘his limitations’ he never would have been victorious. He had guts. It was a spirit of consistency, determination and commitment that carried him through. I was sure I could find some of that if I dug deep enough.
I am constantly amazed at the power of thought and just how a shift in thinking can put a whole new perspective on things.
So I decided to simply start from where I was (I could always catch up on the things I’d missed)and you can read all about it right here.
But in addition to this being a tale of my woes and challenges, it is also a heartfelt message to you. Sometimes things will happen to derail you and take you off track; sometimes you will compare yourself to others and find yourself lacking; sometimes things just won’t work out the way you would like them too etc. etc. My answer to all of that is so what!
Don’t allow any of those things to chart your course or be your compass. When those things happen seek a higher counsel and recreate the vision of where you would like to go (even if it currently seems impossible)and take a step towards it, that’s in fact all you need.
In the words of Martin Luther King “Take the first step in faith. You don’t have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step.”