We have an amazing group page, on facebook, (Facebook Group Link). As a result of a post by Mike Pastore and then a post by Nancy Gordon today, I received a huge inspiration to write my weekly reflection: Do it anyway.
So, Mike started with this: YOU DONT HAVE TO LEARN HOW TO CONTROL YOUR THOUGHTS; YOU JUST HAVE TO STOP LETTING THEM CONTROL YOU.
And, Nancy posted this letter written by Sherri Bessi: Dear Human, You can’t give up: You can’t give up on love because others are hateful. You can’t give up on believing in one another because you’ve been let down. You can’t give up on hope because pain came your way. You can’t give up on kindness because some people are cruel. You can’t give up on peace because war surrounds you. You can’t give up on dreaming because they don’t always come true. Life isn’t about everything being in order. Life isn’t about bliss. Life is about learning to live, love, hope and believe in the midst of perfect imperfection. Life is messy, complicated, confusing, and beautiful all at the same time. Life is the single best gift you have ever been given.
Then I posted this: Mother Teresa’s Do It Anyway poem:
People are often unreasonable, illogical and self-centered; Forgive them anyway. If you are kind, people may accuse you of selfish, ulterior motives; Be kind anyway. If you are successful, you will win some false friends and some true enemies; Succeed anyway. If you are honest and frank, people may cheat you; Be honest and frank anyway. What you spend years building, someone could destroy overnight; Build anyway. If you find serenity and happiness, they may be jealous; Be happy anyway. The good you do today, people will often forget tomorrow; Do good anyway. Give the world the best you have, and it may never be enough; Give the world the best you’ve got anyway. You see, in the final analysis, it is between you and your God; It was never between you and them anyway.
I NOW believe we can talk ourselves out of doing something or we can “Do It Anyway”. It’s taken most of my 50 years on this planet to realize the incredible power in each of us. Just look around in this world. EVERYTHING that is created was someone’s idea. They just acted on their idea and made it happen. From the creation of a poem, to a clock, to the very chair you are sitting on. Someone had the vision to make it or to do it. And, they did. Don’t let your ideas go. Do it anyway.
Negative self talk is probably the most paralyzing thing I’ve experienced in my lifetime. We focus on the “what if’s”. I’ve learned recently this is actually a fear that we have created for ourselves. A fear that makes us stop in our tracks.
So, ask yourself – what’s the worst thing that can happen?
Also, ask yourself — what happens if you don’t try?
We have our Empower Half Hour Internet Radio station (see link) or you can go directly to the station (www.BlogTalkRadio.com/TimetoPlay). This concept is something we discuss frequently, including the word “Should’ve”… as in the use of “I should’ve”. Have you ever said it? It’s been noted in the internet radio show how this phrase should be “banned” from our vocabulary. I absolutely agree. Our discussions in the podcasts have given me great insight to improve my quality of life, and I hope you’ll join us. So, in acknowledgement of this realization, now if I say “Should’ve” or I think it, I recognize that there’s something that I have fear about.
In life, in a perfect world, there should be no regrets from any one of us. Don’t let someone else’s statements, prejudice, or their fear stop you from believing, loving, achieving, or creating. Live your gift. Don’t give up.
Do it Anyway.
After all, it is time to enjoy life. It is Time to Play.
Doreen Guma, MA, FACHE, CPC, CLC is a board certified healthcare executive, a certified professional life coach, the founder of the Time to Play Foundation, a 501c3 not for profit corporation inspiring everyone to enjoy life and author of If I Knew Then What I Know Now, Our Quest for Quality of Life. The concept behind time to Play and the Time to Play Foundation was absolutely created out of LOVE. Please see http://www.timetoplay.com/ for more information.