100 Miles

7 Jul

There are many challenges in life. Some days are very difficult and there may be times when the trials we must face seem insurmountable. The road ahead may be long and treacherous, and may look like a hundred miles of trouble and complications. We may doubt our ability to traverse it. When we’re facing a seemingly impossible test, we may feel completely overwhelmed, sure we’ll never survive. Some roads are very hard, some things will test us mightily, and we may suffer great pains of doubt and discomfort. We may struggle with every step and get lost as we try to advance. There may be some seriously wrong turns and the road ahead may be dark and threatening. Some decisions may falter, and we may get turned around and confused, but life isn’t about living perfectly. It’s about living with intention. Where we are right now does not define our future. The direction we’re headed determines what comes next. We might face failure as we try to push forward, but if we don’t give up and continue moving ahead, we will prevail. Everyone wants a life that’s easy with roads that are paved and flat, but it’s the climb that defines us and gives us depth and wisdom. It’s natural to feel unsure when we’re facing foreign territory that’s daunting and difficult. We can’t see everything from the beginning and there are a lot of unknowns. There is no way to clearly see how we’ll get through. But each step will lead us to the next, and if we persist and keep our eyes focused on the road ahead, we will be able to advance. Life is complicated and we will surely be tested and face things we don’t imagine we can overcome. But we are stronger and far more capable than we think we are, and nothing can keep us from success. If we just take one more step forward, and then another, we will find our way and reach the goal.

Sprints are quick and fast. We can jump early and run fast to reach the destination. If we try to live our lives like a sprint – get in, get it done, and get out – we might succeed at some things. But the important lessons come through the test of time. The most valuable and insightful blessings are gained from the marathons we endure, not the quick races we overcome easily. A long journey through unknown territory that tests us and pushes us to our limits, will give us great knowledge and understanding of ourselves and the world around us. Nothing is powerful enough to overcome us and with courage and calm, we can conquer anything.

When we’re facing a big challenge, instead of facing it head on, we may try to wait and see if everything will fall into place and solve itself. Some things will naturally work out over time, but those instances are rare. Looking away from a problem will not help us find the resolution. We have everything we need to overcome anything we must. Every single blessing is already there for us and we have what is required to make it ours.

Today if you’re facing a big challenge and aren’t sure you can survive it, trust yourself. You already possess all the courage and intelligence you need to overcome anything. Stand strong and step forward with confidence. Every destination is possible, and you will succeed.

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