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31 Days {5} 1440 {13} :: Journey of a Thousand Miles


I recently had the great fortune of hearing Elizabeth Smart speak. A few things she said still resonate in me, weeks later. After her tragic experience, she was left-still a girl-wondering how to move on. Her reoccurring thought was, “Who could ever love me now?”  People advised her, and one of the things she was told was that if you give up, your offender wins. He continues to take from you. She’s a natural born fighter, so though she didn’t know how to move, or in which way to move, she moved on. She said, I just moved forward. 

Sometimes we don’t know how to quiet those voices. Sometimes they seem to scream loudly and make our ears hurt. Sometimes they crush our spirit and all we want to do is hide under the covers. And sleep. Escape.

It takes a bit of work to quiet those voices, and that takes time. In the meanwhile, we still need to function. We need to move. We need to move forward. Sometimes, the best way to quiet those voices is to move forward and be successful, even in just one singular task-like cleaning the kitchen. It gives us focus, which leaves little room for ugly voices, and the success of completing the task completely closes down the voice which was telling you you couldn’t do that thing.

Your single step has been taken. You acknowledged the whispers that degrade your self esteem. You’ve pulled yourself up a wrung and fed your spirit with a taste of success. Now it’s time to move forward. Don’t let these thoughts prevent you from doing something you need or want to do today, or this weekend. {Or this month, or this year, or ever.}


Take another step. 

Move forward.



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  • October 5, 2012 - 3:02 pm

    Lori - Awe…how sweet!

  • October 5, 2012 - 3:12 pm

    Kim Stevens - Such good thoughts that I need to think today . . . some days I just wonder if I’m taking up valuable space here in the blogosphere or if my space is even valuable. Then I take a step, and do what I love and the voices go away . . but some days the steps are hard. Thank you for sharing this series!!

  • October 5, 2012 - 3:25 pm

    Ruth - Thank you for stopping by my blog and for your kind words!! Wonderful, thought-provoking post. So encouraging!! We need to take it one step at a time, one day at a time.

  • October 5, 2012 - 5:19 pm

    Patricia Photosbypab - Absolutely Beautiful! Photos of the beach always make me feel so much better about a lot of things! Thanks so much for sharing. Have a wonderful weekend. 🙂

  • October 5, 2012 - 7:43 pm

    Gina - Incredibly powerful post!!! Beautiful!!!

  • October 5, 2012 - 8:54 pm

    Dina@4LettreWords - Beautiful words and images.

  • October 6, 2012 - 12:17 am

    Suzanne - Love your words.
    Love your images.
    Great series!!

    xo Suzanne

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  • October 7, 2012 - 10:38 am

    Molly - These pictures are so calming and serene


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  • October 15, 2012 - 10:47 am

    Stephanie - Finally catching up on your blog this morning. I am having to do two-a-days! Thanks for this wisdom. I am grateful that Elizabeth Smart’s tragedy is over and that she is able to share with others her triumphant spirit!

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