Beginning again with a fresh start. Even as I “upcycle” some older posts, I’m finding them just as refreshing and motivational as they were the first time around. This beginning again is especially relevant right now for my goal of daily blogging. I think sometimes we lose heart once we have messed something up–whether it’s a New Year’s resolution, a diet, a bad habit we tried to break, or a new good habit or lifestyle change we are trying to establish–then we feel like we have failed miserably and we lose the motivation to try again.
But instead of giving up–or waiting for a new week, month, or year to start over or try again–we should just make that new attempt and fresh start NOW. Today. As the expression goes, no time like the PRESENT! It’s especially fitting today, since I didn’t start posting again on June 1st, as I had hoped, but today I’m posting twice to make up for it!
So here is your inspiration for this Thursday, the second day of June…
“Are you doing what you really believe
you should be doing at this stage in your life,
or have you allowed fear and a lack of confidence
to prevent you from stepping out into new things–
or higher levels of old things?
If you don’t like your answer,
then let me give you some good news:
it’s never too late to start again!
Don’t spend one more day living a narrow life
that has room for only you and your fears.
Make a decision right now
that you will learn to live
boldly, aggressively, and confidently.
Courage is not the absence of fear;
it is acting in the presence of fear.
Bold people do what they know they should do–
not what they feel like doing.”
–Joyce Meyer in “The Confident Woman Devotional”
This devotional is especially inspirational for me due to some recent events in the area of freelance work opportunities and my doctoral journey, as well as blogging, sewing, and exercising.
Also, I’m one who gets hung up with feeling frustrated and defeated when I don’t accomplish all I planned to do or thought I should do. This devotional is one I ought to print out and post on the wall above my desk!
So what are YOUR thoughts?
Have you recently taken some steps forward into new things or new ways of doing old things better?
Or are you dealing with frustration and fear about taking necessary steps to make changes?