“But Kid You’ll Move Mountains” – Dr. Seuss

This is one of those days where I’m just lost. I see all of the hate in this world, in the news and on social media platforms and I’m just at a loss. I feel sad and helpless for those great people who suffer those inexcusable trials. I’ve always had this faith that if you do your best then you will succeed. You may not succeed the first or the second time, but you will eventually get to where God intended you to be, and where you will be the happiest. I’ve watched some of the kindest souls face some of the toughest times, and it really makes you wonder.

Thinking over the state of America, with the election coming up, I’m at a loss for words, a loss for motivation, a loss of understanding. Like I’ve mentioned many times before I’ve always felt like if you’re a good person: Godly, hardworking, and motivated then you will get your blessing. You will get your chance to be great. But to see truly good people hurt makes me wonder what’s the lesson here? With every trial God puts forth there is a lesson in it. There is something there to uplift us and allow us to progress better than before. Sometimes I just wonder – What’s the lesson?

When deep emotions are involved it’s hard to think clearly. It’s hard to remember the lessons that you know so well. When looking for the “silver lining” as popular culture would label it, it’s harder to find because you’ve clouded your vision with emotion. Above you read the slew of constant thoughts and emotions I’ve been struggling with lately, and I stated that I don’t have the wherewithal to know what advice to give at this time, but as I write I don’t think that’s true. I believe I may have answered my own questions in trying to explain things to you. There is a blessing in EVERYTHING. It’s just up to us to find it. It’s up to us to stay focused in the moment and do what we can with the time that we have right now. We take action with what we are given in the moment and not what the future may hold. We must believe that everything WILL be ok, even if we can’t see it. We HAVE to know it and trust in it.

As long as we continue to live our lives the best way we know how then things will fall where they should. Even as I type I find more peace in my words, because I am filled with the reassurance that all I can do is the best with the moment I’ve been given. The best I can do is be here for whomever needs me right now, and the best they can do is to continue living and working towards their lifelong goals the best way they know how. I’ve become content with my role and the understanding that sometimes my role isn’t to act, but to just be and that is good enough. I don’t need to exhaust myself, nor do the family members of those who struggle or the strugglers themselves, trying to find a way for the future to work out the way we desire. We just need to be, and continue the exact way God has allowed us to, in this moment. If we continue to do this and live this way then a blessing, if there is one, will come. And believe me readers, there is ALWAYS a blessing to be had!

I guess this week’s motivation is less of a motivation and more of a vent. I always try to give you guys such great life advice and admit my faults to you, and that can come across as if I know everything or think I do. But I assure you, I don’t! But what I do know is that all the answers are within us and around us. Making every list on the planet and trying to make sense of things that are nonsensical won’t take away some of the insecurities we feel. Sometimes life is just hard, and no matter what your personality you try to find a way to cope in the best way you know how. If there’s one thing I’ve learned through my own life, and the lives of my role models, it’s that there is ALWAYS a struggle. There is ALWAYS failure, insecurity, anxiety, and feelings of hopelessness at some point. No one is perfect. No one lives life without hardship, so never believe that you are alone! But know that even when we fail and it seems like the end, 99.9% of the time it never is. It’s just a God given chance to get better.

So for anyone struggling right now, in this moment, I say: Stay true to yourself and remember your end goal. Find the passion through the hurt and confusion and keep that passion going no matter what. Lean on others in times where you don’t feel strong, for the strongest are the ones that understand we can do nothing alone. And finally, I leave you with this quote from Dr. Seuss: “You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose. You’re [not] on your own. [But] you know what you know. And YOU are the one who’ll decide where to go…” “So be sure when you step, Step with care and great tact. And remember that life’s A Great Balancing Act. And will you succeed? Yes! You will, indeed! (98 and ¾ percent guaranteed) Kid, you’ll move mountains.

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