“Today. This is it.” I thought to myself as I woke up this morning. “Today, grad school officially starts and I can no longer run, procrastinate, or even pause life.” Feelings of excitement, fear, and impatience mixed themselves in my heart as I thought of the upcoming journey. School in general is not a foreign topic for most of us, but the thought of returning to school, both, excites me and frightens me. Of course, in my mind I rehearsed all of the ‘what if’ situations and begin to think of my failure before my success.
Why is that? Why do we always rehearse the negative in our minds over and over until we scare ourselves out of taking that leap? We reminisce on the times past when things didn’t go the way we had expected. We believe that somehow those past failures will resurrect themselves and force their way into our current endeavors.
I feel like I have a few “ah ha” moments when I am laying in my bed staring at the ceiling and chit-chatting with God… “I am going to succeed. Period.” That was the “ah ha” moment today. Nothing earth shattering or mind boggling, but it was enough to come to my senses. The more I leave out the possibility of failure, the more I stop that from being my focus and then I can actually think of how to succeed. Who would have thought (sarcasm)?
There is something beautiful about writing things down. So, I have chosen to write just a few things down for the upcoming challenges I will face in grad school and life in general:
- There is nothing new under the sun. You’ve been through this before you can do it again.
- There are those with less who have done more. Use your resources.
- “What shall we say about such wonderful things as these? If God is for us, who can ever be against us?Since he did not spare even his own Son but gave him up for us all, won’t he also give us everything else?” Romans 8:31-32
- One day at a time, just with the end in mind.
- You have everything you need to succeed.
- I can do ALL things (not some) through Christ who strengthens me. -Philippians 4:13
To the mountains ahead: I am excited to see you, conquer you, and then look back on you with pride. I am ready for you.
What things would you tell yourself as you face mountains? I would love to hear from you.
“If you are faced with a mountain, you have several options. You can climb it and cross to the other side.
You can go around it. You can dig under it. You can fly over it. You can blow it up. You can ignore it and pretend it’s not there. You can turn around and go back the way you came. Or you can stay on the mountain and make it your home.” – Vera Nazarian
Living on purpose,
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