A Personal Note / by Elise Joseph

A Personal Note

Hi friends,

You may have noticed my absence for the past several days... I had a rough weekend running my first half-marathon, but I did it. I wish I could say it with more enthusiasm, especially considering that I dedicated 4 months of my life to running and training constantly, but I was pretty let down. I sprained my ankle only a few miles in and as much as I wanted to keep running, my body told me "no." I ran nearly 10 miles before my body decided that I couldn't continue at more than a slow shuffle. While I fought back sickness and pain, I pressed on. And I eventually made it across that finish line.

Hobbling those last few miles, I got to thinking... my life often feels like running a marathon. Working so hard towards something, not always knowing where I am or where I'm going, but pressing forward and trusting that I'm going to get there eventually. Lately I have found myself discouraged and fearful not knowing what's next or where I'm going on this journey. My sis-in-law challenged and encouraged me in her blog through the words of Steven Pressfield ::

"The more scared we are of a work or calling, the more sure we can be that we have to do it."
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"Resistance is directly proportional to love. If you're feeling massive Resistance, the good news is, it means there's tremendous love there too. If you didn't love the project that is terrifying you, you wouldn't feel anything. The opposite of love is not hate; it's indifference.
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"Never forget: This very moment, we can change our lives. There never was a moment, and never will be, when we are without the power to alter our [course] .
This second, we can turn the tables on Resistance.
This second, we can sit down and do our work."

As I continue my creative pursuits and goals, I will choose to not fear the resistance, but to keep pressing on and trust that I'm headed in the right direction. Onward and upward!

{photo via we heart it}