Thirsty Thursday: Lifted Spirits

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What is the difference between an obstacle and an opportunity? Our attitude toward it. Every opportunity has a difficulty, and every difficulty has an opportunity.” ― J. Sidlow Baxter

I love stories of finding ways to turn a difficult situation into a positive experience. This group of men decided to take matters into their own hands when their plane experienced a delayed lift-off!

This short video exemplifies the benefits that come “when we are no longer able to change a stituation, we are challenged to change ourselves.” ~ Victor Frankl

Thats all from All Things Fulfilling on this Thursday. I hope your spirits have been lifted in some way because somedays we all thirst for that.

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Seize the Moment with Action

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 “Don’t wait. The time will never be just right.” ~ Napoleon Hill

It came to me on Sunday morning, like an apparition. There I stood at the shoreline, next to the edge of the rip-rap, on a remote island on the eastern shore of the Chesapeake Bay trying to decide whether or not the wind was going to stop me from taking a bike ride.  “Perhaps,” I thought, “a walk would be easier than trying to pedal against what feels like gale force winds.”

Suddenly, out of nowhere something ghost-like swept by me, swirling and twirling overhead in the breeze. “I’m going to run after that,” I thought, “so it doesn’t litter the island.” I took off running in pursuit of what looked like trash.

Each time it dipped, I nearly caught the waste, then the wind picked it up and blew it in another direction. Tired from chasing, I had almost given up hope of ever catching the trash. I was being teased and taunted because the wind kept shifting, blowing the plastic even further from my reach. “I’ll never catch it if I give up now.” Just as I finished my thought, the wind shifted yet again and blew the garbage right over my head, within reach.  I grabbed it!

Reaching-for-the-starsYou’ll never guess what it was. A balloon, shaped like a star! It had obviously traveled far, it had little helium left in it, and the gold mylar had taken a beating. It was less than shiny and new. Nevertheless, the shape was still in tact. I ran to show my mother what I had caught. We had a discussion about where the balloon could have possibly come from. “Who knows,” my mother said, as she looked out over the vast sea of water on the Chesapeake, “the balloon could have blown in from anywhere.”

We discussed the weather, and despite the stormy skies,  I decided to try biking. “It will be a good break from my  walking routine,” I said to my mother. I took off pedaling. Once I rounded a corner down the road, it was smooth-sailing. The wind was not even a factor. I’m glad I didn’t let the wind become an obstacle, it was a perfect morning for biking.

During my five mile bike ride, I pondered.”How many times are we stopped from doing something because of barriers. Sometimes we place them in our own mind. Is it not true we almost always find in our actions, fulfillment?”

Just a few independent words, thoughts and views for you this morning.Return tomorrow to www.allthingsfulfilling.com. This blog is brought to you by  www.CornerstoneFulfillmentService.com. A company specializing in e-commerce and e-marketing for independent publishers.

Hiking the PCT with Strayed

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You have brains in your head.
You have feet in your shoes.
You can steer yourself any direction you choose.”
~ Dr. Seuss Oh the Places You’’ll Go

This week I’ve hiked the Pacific Crest Trail. It’s a place I never thought I’d visit. I hiked it with author Cheryl Strayed
and saw bears, rattlesnakes, a Texas longhorn bull and more.  At times throughout the journey I felt desperation set in, unimaginable fright, gratitude, inspiration, relief and grief.  Strayed’s thoughts of accomplishing what she set out to do, were familiar.

crossroads in the woods

No, Strayed was not alone  in her story, good authors always find the company of readers who appreciate what their characters have gone through and can often relate. I decided to travel along with Strayed by reading her book, so that when she shows up in Steamboat, at the Bud Werner Memorial Library http://bit.ly/16nUuYj  on April 11th, I’ll able to envision exactly what the Pacific Crest Trail looked like.

Wild is exactly the kind of book that reminds us why even when things are scary and uncertain, it is best to push through it, and accomplish the goal. Then we can look back and find the lessons within, and how challenges help us to rebuild our life.

Seuss’ words of advice are well-meaning. We need to do better job of teaching children there are so many fulfilling places to see and things to do in this world, and not to let obstacles stop them.  Books teach children and adults that we  never travel alone, there’s always a path thats been traveled and beaten before us.

And when you’re alone, there’s a very good chance

You’ll meet things that scare you right out of your pants.

There are some, down the road between hither and yon,

that can scare you so much you won’t want to go on.”

~ Dr. Seuss Oh the Places You’ll Go

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