Actually, I can. // livelovesimple.com

For the past year and a half, I was stuck.

I had one foot in the past and one foot in the future.

I may as well have been standing knee deep in a vat of solid concrete. I could not move.

Sure, in my head, I knew exactly where I wanted to go; but I wanted to go forward, and I was looking backward.

I simply did not know how to free myself.

Then, last week, I had a conversation with one of the wisest females in my life. I told her exactly what was going on. She assessed it and then she said this:

Doubt worry, indecision, and fear are the absolute biggest obstacles to progress.

Cue the cartoon anvil falling from the third story window onto my unsuspecting head. Truth bomb. Truth explosion.

How is it that life can teach us a lesson so well, so clearly? But then time goes by and we forget. We find ourselves trapped in the same cycles of confusion and helplessness — when we knew the answer all along.

Well, I guess the answer is simple. Sometimes life gets in the way. Sometimes our hearts get in the way. Sometimes we can’t see the truth — even if we know the truth — until we are ready to.

On that day, for the first time in a very long time, I let go of my worry. I let go of my indecision. I let go of my fear.

I said to myself, okay, enough now.

I jumped and I knew that God was going to catch me.

In the past week, everything has come together. In magical ways, pieces of life and hope and truth are all weaving themselves together and I am running through the fabric with abandon.

I am not afraid. I was born to do this.

Dear friends, I have some advice for you this morning.

Stop for a moment. Close your eyes. Take a few deep breaths.

Now ask yourself, what is holding me back?

Look that thing in the eyes, whatever it is. Tell it that you are not afraid.

It will tell you that you can’t do it.

Grab it by the shoulders, shake it, hold it by the face, and say, Actually, I can.

And believe yourself when you say that you can, because you will.

I love you.

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