I’m not one for motivational quotes. Just seeing the words doesn’t connect with me. This is a new approach to the motivational quote, it’s the motivational story. When something unfair comes my way, nothing is worse than someone saying, “Well, life’s not fair.” But now, I can conjure up the image of Admiral McRaven covered in sand on that beach and remind myself, “Sometimes you’re a sugar cookie.” Now that visual might actually help me move forward.
Week 3: Chapters 4 to 6
These stories are so visual. He does a great job of making you feel like you were there. I get physically uncomfortable and stressed for him. When he was sliding down that rope, my hands actually started sweating.
The story of Moki and him never showing pity for himself – amazing. People that can move forward like that and think, “Ok, what’s next,” as opposed to “Woe is me,” are everything. We only get one life, and I hope that I’m the kind of person that when faced with a directional change can go where it takes me. I think you get better at these things as you move through life – because you’ve been to a circus or two. Correct me if you think I’m wrong, but I hope that as I move through more of life’s experiences, I’ll learn to have a bit more grace and my skin will grow a bit thicker. I hope I’m not going to be this live wire for life! I may be in dire need of some more circuses for that to happen, but I’m sure I’ll get my turn.
Dare greatly. Another one of my personal not-so-strong suits. I’m very risk-averse by nature. My only solution thus far is to surround myself with people that push me. My sister is one of them. She’s always pushing me to step outside my comfort zone. She does it all – she’s an Ironman, a mom, travels, is always looking for a good time, sends everyone she’s ever met a birthday card (on time!), she doesn’t stop. Not a day goes by that she’s not inviting me to go here or go there. For about every 10 asks, I say yes, and I always have the best time! She asks for what she wants, and most of the time, she gets it! This is a bad example, but I bet she’s talked her way out of a dozen speeding tickets. She sees no barriers, no is not an option, and she’s very goal oriented. She dares. My husband, same way. So, in watching those closest to me, I’m learning. I’m learning not to be such a tightwad, stick in the mud, boring, a hater – or whatever else they’ve call me
Discussion: Once you’ve read/watched the assigned section, answer this question in the comments section.
This is a two part question:
What is something that you’ve “failed” at, and are you better or worse for it?
What is one thing you’ve dared to do that you are so glad you did?