One Step

(You are Courageous!)

If you are in Oklahoma but totally focused on being on the beach in Malibu and you get so focused on being there that when you decide to go to San Francisco, you just jump into your car and head north, where will you end up? In San Francisco? Not a chance. You’ll be in Kansas! Why? Because you weren’t accepting that you were in Oklahoma.

Acceptance does not mean surrender and it does not imply in the least that you like what’s going on. It merely means that you understand that this is the way things are right now. This is where you are. If you don’t get that right, all the positive thinking and wishing and lighting candles and mantras and prayers are useless.

Accept where you are in every area of your life right now. That’s your starting point. Nothing else is real. Being based in that reality, whether you like it or not, make your plans to get to where you want to go. There are no helicopters in your future. You are not going to be lifted up from where you are and dropped into paradise. Paradise does exist but you are going to have to take every step to get there. It’s okay. You have time.

Everything is possible from where you are right now, not easy but not impossible. To some, a highway lies in front. To others, a bumpy dirt road. Whatever is in front of you, look around. If you don’t like where you are, start moving regardless of the condition of the road in front of you. One step at a time and you’ll get there. Accept where you are, figure out where you want to go that is better, point your feet in that direction and take a step and then another and everything is possible. One step at a time.

(c)2012 All Rights Reserved, Patrick McBride


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