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You will never do anything in this world without courage. It is the greatest quality in the mind next to honor. Aristotle

When we are getting close to putting our work out there we start to second guess ourselves the most. What will people think, did we say too much, or did we say too little? Is it full of mistakes we are too blind to see; are we too close to our own work to recognize them?

When an author publishes their tenth book will they still be asking themselves is it good enough? If they are picked up by a big publisher do their doubts go away or increase?

If we have something to say we need to say it as honestly as we can and then we have to let it go. Once it leaves our hands it takes on a life of its own. Most books are not widely read but every one of them is an accomplishment. They are a testament to someone’s determination, dedication, fortitude, and vision.

It is a privilege to get up in the morning come down to the den and write something that someone else takes time out of their day to read. Technology is allowing us to connect with people it would have been very hard to connect with just a few short years ago. How hard was it to connect with people 100 years ago, but it was easier than 100 years before that.

Now we press publish and the whole world can view our work. In a way, this might make some people feel worse when the whole world can view it but only ten people do. If we touch someone with our words or anything we do we should be grateful. When we impact someone, then they can impact someone, who impacts someone and a ripple can go around the world. Is it important that we get credit, or is it important that we do something?

Worry does not empty tomorrow of its sorrow. It empties today of its strength. Corrie Boom

Families are where we have the most impact. Families are what deserve most of our energy; families are the building blocks of society. No matter what else we do the family is our biggest legacy. Every one of us has come from a line that has endured throughout the centuries.

It is our biggest accomplishment just to be here, the chances of being born were infinitesimal, but here we are. We won the lottery of life. If we aren’t enjoying every moment of our life why aren’t we? What would make our lives better? I can think of a few things and most of those things have to do with actions I can take, habits I can create, goals I can set, and changes I can make.

The sun rises every morning and sets every night for all of us. We have a small allotment of time to live and make happen whatever we are going to make happen in our lives. If we aren’t happy with whom we are what needs to change? We will never be anyone else in this lifetime so wishing we were taller, prettier, could jump higher, run faster, or conjugate our verbs better isn’t productive. We are who we are and we can do what we can do. If we do what we can do as good as we can do it and enjoy each day as much as we can, isn’t that a great life?

If we can turn a tap on and water comes out we are blessed. If we can read, write, talk, sing, and give thanks for all the beauty and bounty in our lives we are blessed. Even if we can’t we should look at people like Helen Keller. Some of the most inspirational people have overcome things we would not want to face. Yet they inspire us with their courage, tenacity, and honesty.

If we can’t find something to be grateful for we probably aren’t looking hard enough. Life is beautiful, glorious, and abundant. Can we do some small thing to encourage someone today, be an example to someone today, and uplift someone today?

What you are looking for is not out there. It is in you. Unknown

Don’t be pushed around by the fears in your mind. Be led by the dreams in your heart. Roy T. Bennet

You’re not going to master the rest of your life in one day. Just relax. Master the day. Then just keep doing that every day. Unknown

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