Good morning! I woke this morning with one thought. “Be Determined.”
Actually, do you want to know the truth?
I was tired. I felt as if not one thing in my reach was under control. It felt like it does when the horse you are racing across the sand bar chasing the rest on, takes the bit in his teeth and suddenly you feel as if you aren’t nearly as in control as you thought you were.
So, before I even plugged everything back in, I pulled out my “Get your ass up that mountain!” book. (Yes, it really is called that.) My book, that I have put together over the last …oh, six or seven years, is simply a 3-ring binder filled with quotes, phrases, song lyrics, poems and over the last three years, blog posts.
It has certainly grown! Starting as a simple, school sized, 1” binder with various pockets, it has grown into a massive 4” binder with what I use as reminders of why I am here. Reminders of what has made me who I am and what has helped me let go of who and what I didn’t want in my life, to be my life.
It does the job. It gets my ass up the next mountain. No matter how tired or sick, no matter how beat-up or put down, whether I am feeling un-appreciated or un-recognized; it works. It is my motivation to stay the path. It is my inspiration to never give up.
Determined, by the wisdom of the Merriam-Webster online dictionary, is having reached a decision, firmly resolved. It is to be decisive, do-or-die (this is me), intent, hell-bent (yeah, probably me too), intent, purposeful, single-minded, confident, positive, unfaltering.
Find other ways to convince and teach my little Alaska Chick-let to read, keep sharing my own lessons and experiences with the trainees while still being there to prevent the lessons from hurting too much when they make them anyways.
Walk away, even when it is all on the line, just for an hour, so that I can come back stronger, refreshed, with a new idea, photo or story to share with you all.
Are you feeling determined? Or are you still tired? Well, the quotes below are some of my favorites. They help me to stay my path and to be determined. I hope they help you too.
In what you say of another, apply the test of kindness, necessity and truth, and let nothing pass your lips without a 2/3 majority. ~Liz Armbruster
See everything; overlook a great deal; correct a little. ~Pope John XXIII
It’s like, at the end, there’s this surprise quiz: am I proud of me? I gave my life to become the person I am right now! Was it worth what I paid? ~Richard Bach
We are all worms, but I do believe I am a glowworm. ~Winston Churchill
It’s a helluva start, being able to recognize what makes you happy. ~Lucille Ball
The man who views the world at fifty the same as he did at twenty has wasted thirty years of his life. ~Muhammad Ali
Perhaps the truth depends on a walk around the lake. ~Wallace Stevens
Sometimes I’m doing things considered crazy by others, but then my heart giggles. That’s when I know I am doing the right thing. ~Dodinsky
You will never come up against a greater adversary than your own potential, my young friend. ~Michael Piller and Michael Wagner, Star Trek: The Next Generation, “Evolution,” Dr. Paul Stubbs to Wesley Crusher, original airdate 25 September 1989, stardate 43,125.8
Be Determined. Be Bold. Don’t stop or feel alone. You are not. We are here and so am I. You are always welcome to share your thoughts. Living in the bush of Alaska, doesn’t come easy. One has to be determined to live and to live well. I’ve had lots of practice!