December 15, 2005.
Voyagers discover that the world can never be larger than the person that is in the world.
James A. Baldwin
Life can feel so frustrating on occasion. There are those times when you want to do better, in fact, you desperately NEED to do better, yet better feels like its light years away. Regardless of how hard you work and how hard you try, the finish line remains ever elusive just out of reach, just beyond your grasp.
Been there? No doubt. But dont feel like the lone stranger, weve all walked in those shoes before. Its almost as if life is teasing you, holding the proverbial carrot out on a stick that you can never quite reach out and grab.
We are made for larger ends than Earth can encompass. Oh, let us be true to our exalted destiny.
Can there be anything more exasperating than to give it everything youve got I mean completely emptying your tank and still find yourself coming up a day late or a dollar short? Is there a more unfulfilled feeling on earth than the one you feel after youve thrown your heart and soul in to something you really wanted and didnt get?
Giving your all only to discover that your best still doesnt cut the mustard is a deflating and defeating feeling that can steal your thunder and strip away your dreams if allowed to do so. Left unchecked, these negative emotions can leave even the strongest willed amongst us to wonder why we tried at all.
Obstacles will look large or small to you according to whether you are large or small.
Orison Swett Marden
Look, its OK to get down, especially when you wanted to stand out and shine and ended up finishing somewhere way back in the pack. Getting a little down is a natural feeling we all experience every now and then. Hey, even the very best of the best get knocked to their knees from time to time. And while its OK to get knocked down, its not OK to stay down.
Life can be a puzzling and perplexing mystery at times. We dont like it one bit that we dont have all of the answers, but then again, so what? We can find these answers and more as long as we refuse to give up or give in. And coming face to face with those larger than life challenges that stretch us to the breaking point and beyond is certainly no walk in the park, but again, whats the big deal? Anything that doesnt break us ultimately makes us stronger. And stronger is just what the doctor ordered.
Be larger than your task.
Orison Swett Marden
Nothing can break you or your will without your permission. By adopting a bend but never break approach to living, you foster a larger than life persona that can take you anywhere you desire. Absolutely anywhere!
When faced with a problem that appears insurmountable, a problem that seems bigger than your capability to handle it, you simply need to become bigger than the problem itself. Relax, its not all that tough to do, you just need a little practice to make perfect.
I have always believed that God never gives a cross to bear larger than we can carry. No matter what, he wants us to be happy, not sad. Birds sing after a storm. Why shouldn't we?
Rose F. Kennedy
God graced each of us with instinctive abilities far greater than any problem well ever encounter in life, far stronger than any adversity well ever face. By tapping into these God-given talents and gifts, we can become big enough to rise up above any problem; big enough to see through any difficulty. In other words, God made us larger than life.
The next time you find yourself on the short end of the stick and those unwelcome feelings of fear and failure start tap, tap, tapping on your shoulder, brush them aside and take charge of the situation. Take a deep breath, relax and remember that you were made to succeed, that you were designed by your Creator for greatness. When you do, that problem wont seem like much of anything at all.
The Bottom Line: Become larger than life and start living the larger life you deserve.
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