The journey...

Life is in the journey, not the destination, so do what you can and take it one day at a time. Go slow, do it right, and make your changes permanent — then help out others who are where you were.

~Jillian Michaels

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Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Finish the story...

The following post was inspired by Kristin Steede's blog (from Season 7 of The Biggest Loser)!

***This is the point where you take over! Finish the story. Write it down here. If you were riding on your wagon but hit a bumpy road and fell off tell me how your story ends. YOU are the ONLY one who can write your story. (There is a deep message in that sentence) You are the only one who can decide how much time you spend on the side of a bumpy road while all of these other wagons pass you by.

(Springboard taken from Kristin Steede's blog <- click the link to read it all, made me cry!)

My response:

I fall off and immediately old friends begin to flock around. In the midst of the commotion, other wagons continuously pass me by - some unstable, some seemingly unhindered by the unlevel path and others knocking passengers off as well. In the crowd of those now standing around me, I recognize ones that had been travelling too, ones who were supposed to be on this journey with me, ones who SHOULD have taken this journey with me and even those who warned me in advance of the trials I would face and discouraged me from even starting. "Where am I? I thought I left them all in the dust - how did I get back to this place of not moving and covered in dirt? This is no place for me to be. I didn't anticipate this along the way." Then it hits me! The difference between them and me! I look at the faces of all of these people, the smiles, the laughing & joking - but not much has changed. It seems like they are just doing the same routines simultaneously on repeat. I begin reading their shirts, "FAILURE," "DEFEAT," "WORTHLESS..." No one particularly "stand outs" from the crowd. Then I glimpse down to see that there are chains on their feet. I gasp while saying, "They've become comfortable and this is no place for me!" I notice that although I'm here in this moment, there is no chain holding me down - YET! I then read my shirt, "PROUD!" Immediately I realize the difference between them and me is they've tried and failed, attempted but were defeated, tripped up and felt worthless and QUIT! Not me though, I may have fallen but I still have SO MUCH to be proud of. I'm doing something different than all of those who have just settled in their state of being. Then I realized, I AM WORTH every bit of this journey - through the good and bad! Settling isn't an option! I wasn't promised it would be easy - BUT I'M NOT GIVING UP! I brush off my now torn pant knees and shake it off a bit from the impact of the fall. I'm now standing at the fork in the road. One sign reads, "Easy - newly paved roads with smooth path. Destination: COMFORT" The other reads "Hard - unfinished road, beware of potholes, storms and visibility. Destination: FREEDOM" After moments of deep thought, the answer becomes apparent..."I'm choosing the road that will DAILY make me proud!" I haven't reached the end yet...but I am already being FREED!

What have YOU done today, to make yourself proud?

Thanks Kristin!

Quote of the day:

"Two roads diverged in a wood
And I took the one less traveled by
And that has made all the difference."

~M. Scott Peck


WriterMarie said...

Wow! I haven't had a chance to read Kristin's blog yet, I'll have to go check it out!

Betsy said...

Mesh! I'm crying at your response! You are totally inspiring and every word you wrote is so true! I can't get comfortable where I'm at either. I may not like what is ahead, but in the long run it will be worth it!!

Cheryl B said...

Very inspiring! You are a rock.

Audrey said...

Hey You- reminds me of the verse
"Though I have fallen I will arise though I sit in darkness the Lord will be my light" Off the top of my head i think its micah 7:8.
And fellow poetry lover, 'two roads diverged in a wood" is a quote from Robert Frost. The whole poem is awesome..

Audrey said...

and by the way, congrats on your almost 5lb loss this week!!!!! woohoo! Keep going, keep finding your strength in Jesus, I know you do and are!