I was thinking about this favorite quote (which is anonymous as far as I know):
A bird sitting on a tree is never afraid of the branch breaking because her trust is not on the branch, but on her own wings. Always believe in yourself.
And I had an idea.
First, have you ever done the exercise where you make a list of your past accomplishments to remind yourself how awesome you are, and to lift your spirits when needed?
(It’s a worthwhile exercise, if you haven’t!)
Well…(here is my idea)…
I decided to make a list of unfortunate events that I have overcome in my life:
- physical health issues
- relationship breakups
- career downsizing and lost job opportunities
- death of a parent
- sudden and extremely expensive car and home troubles
- home burglaries
- deaths of friends and pets
Do these sound familiar to anyone else? I’m sure there’s more. I’ll add them to my private list as I think of them.
But….why on earth would I want to make such a depressing list?!
Because things happen. (Branches break.) And thus far I’ve overcome them all. (I’ve learned to trust my own wings!)
I find that reassuring…don’t you?
Really, what’s to be afraid of? In some ways, hasn’t the worst already happened to most of us?
Which reminds me of another anonymous quote I like:
On particularly rough days when I’m sure I can’t possibly endure, I like to remind myself that my track record for getting through bad bays so far is 100% and that’s pretty good.
What have YOU overcome that makes you realize you have nothing to worry about, or be afraid of?
(If you are still worried and fearful, maybe you need to consult The Worry Matrix.)
Please share with us in the comments, if you like, or just make your own private list.
Always believe in yourself!
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