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Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Don't Duck!

"Don't duck the most difficult problems. That just ensures that the hardest part will be left when you are most tired. Get the big one done - it's downhill from then on."

Dr. Norman Vincent Peale, 1898-1993
American Author and Inspirational Speaker

I received this inspirational quote in my email yesterday. I enjoy collecting inspirational sayings and reading motivational books all for the purpose of getting myself amped up to DO something…. But sometimes, too many times, I fall flat…
See...I am the queen of ducking, just read my blog entry -"Out of hiding" and my battle with procrastination is all too evident. Don't get me wrong, it's not that I don't get anything done…I just end up taking longer than I believe I should. Not only that, if I just handled what I need to handle when I need to handle it I would get a lot more done.

Now, if you add to the mix stress and difficult times – I all but go underground – and I avoid just about everything. I would love to say it's in my "piscearean" nature since Pisces are notorious for using escape tactics to avoid facing reality. Perhaps, to a certain degree this is true of me, too, but I am bigger than that and my strength lies not in myself, but in someone higher than me. It has become clearer to me, especially in recent weeks, I need to take the first steps, knowing God will help me the rest of the way. The harder the steps the more He shows Himself.

Like just recently, when I thought a situation was all but impossible, I took a chance and found myself in the midst of His favor and I've noticed this trend more and more in my life, but only when I stopped being afraid and stopped "hiding out" -have I seen Him "work". I guess that's what Faith is really about. Moving forward, even if you can't see the way out. Plus what I have found, just as the quote suggests, that once I get the hard stuff out of the way, once I face what I don't want to face most – the rest is easy. It's also easier to have Faith for the smaller things, knowing that God has already helped me take care of the "big" stuff.

So I have been on a mission- Making calls I don't want to make, opening mail I've left sitting because I know what's inside (yeah, I admit it), tackling that storage room (whew) and doing a myriad of other odds and ends…and you know what?- I feel soooo much better!

Hey! This might be a habit I might keep...

Be blessed!

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