Inhale Courage, Exhale Fear: Moving Forward

“You can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future.

You have to trust in something — your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever — because believing that the dots will connect down the road will give you the confidence to follow your heart, even when it leads you off the well-worn path, and that will make all the difference.”

– Steve Jobs

If I learned anything over the past year in a half it’s that not all that glitters is golden.

It’s that the world is big place and we have lessons that need to be learned.

Some people come into our lives, not to stay forever, but to teach us these lessons.

Maybe we’ll see them again, maybe we won’t.

“A fall from the third floor hurts as much as a fall from the hundredth. If I have to fall, may it be from a high place.”

– Paulo Coelho (By the River Piedra I Sat Down and Wept)

But each experience is built to shape us.

I see people, often, striving to work at the bigger firms, striving to be the bigger person, and dreaming so big they lose sight of the bigger picture.

What is the bigger picture you ask?

It’s yourself.

Too many people, get lost in what they should be, how they should be, what they should be — they lost in the overall ‘should be.’

The ‘should be’ then leads to the ‘what would be if.’ That isn’t a healthy place either.

I’ve always said that when lives throws you some limes, you should make a caipirinha. Lately, I was better at telling that to other people than myself.

Everyone works differently, but sometimes, in order to ‘become,’ you just need to ‘be.’

Pray.

Eat.

Love.

Read.

Workout.

Try.

Try again.

Breathe.

Somewhere, at some point, something has got to give.

And I believe Paulo Coelho was always right, that if you keep trying and trying, if you do your best — just trust, that it will work out.

“Every Warrior of the Light has felt afraid of going into battle.

Every Warrior of the Light has, at some time in the past, lied or betrayed someone.

Every Warrior of the Light has trodden a path that was not his.

Every Warrior of the Light has suffered for the most trivial of reasons. Every Warrior of the Light has, at least once, believed he was not a Warrior of the Light.

Every Warrior of the Light has failed in his spiritual duties.

Every Warrior of the Light has said ‘yes’ when he wanted to say ‘no.’

Every Warrior of the Light has hurt someone he loved.

That is why he is a Warrior of the Light, because he has been through all this and yet has never lost hope of being better than he is.”

– Paulo Coelho (Warrior of the Light)

The idea is to continue to have faith, when you don’t think that you can have any left.

Sometimes, it doesn’t matter how or when it comes, but rather that it does.

Life is like two comets, exploding in the sky — that is explosion is what you make of it.

So just believe, that no matter what — you can do it!

Inhale courage, exhale fear…

Sasha H. Muradali runs the Little Pink Blog (formerly Little Pink Book PR). She holds a B.S. Public Relations from the University of Florida with a minor in Dance (’07) and an M.A. International Administration with a concentration in Communication from the University of Miami (’08). She loves Twitter (@SashaHalima), Harry Potter and the colour pink. Get a copy of the Little Pink Blog delivered to your Kindle and find us on Facebook.

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Comments

  1. I’m loving it. I know where you’re coming from.

  2. Did you remember Father telling you “It’s not who you you are, it’s what you do that defines you” ? and don’t be deceived by first impressions.