On The Edge Of Almost

We have two choices at the edge of almost:  We can retreat because we’re at the end of what we can see, or we can take the step into the unknown and soar. 

I wonder how many have traveled to the edge of almost, and turned back because it looked like a dead end. The path ended, and ahead was an expanse of nothingness. Or so it appeared that way. But just over the edge was what their journey had prepared them for. Their dream, their future, their calling.

But because it was unseen, they lost hope, they lost determination, they lost what they were so close to attaining.

Just one more step would have taken them over the edge to be able to soar… to their dream, their calling, their passion.

Today, we might be finding ourselves on the edge of almost.

Yes, it may seem comfortable to retreat back. It’s scary to not be able to see the next step. It’s can appear to be easier to give up on your dreams and aspirations, than to keep moving forward.

But what follows are the regrets, the “what ifs,” the “I could haves, should haves.” And the choice to retreat becomes a harder one to swallow in the days, months, years to come.

Friend, I urge you, don’t give up. Don’t let yourself retreat. You’ve come too far, and everything you’ve worked for, dreamed for, planned for might appear in that very next step. Don’t be afraid. Go for it!

Take the next step. And soar!

Two choices at the edge of almost

Blessings!

Julie

 

This is Day 31 of 31 Days #EmbracingTheJourney. Yes, we’ve arrived at the end of this amazing adventure. Goodness, we’ve traveled through many twists and turns together these last 31 days. From the bottom of my heart, I thank you for being my traveling buddy. Thank you for being here and blessing me and other readers. If you missed any of the posts, click on the link here. May God bless you in every way in the days ahead!
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Indulge Occasionally

Some days we just need to let go a little, don’t we? To let our hair down. To loosen up the tie. To have a little fun. To do something a tad-bit crazy.

When was the last time you did just that?

Let me ask you another question:  What’s your go-to indulgence?

Chocolate? Wine? Bacon?

When was the last time you indulged in it?

You know what they say…

“All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy.” (Or Jill a dull girl.)

Now, take for example, if I ate bacon every day (I used to when I was a teenager…seriously!), my heart probably wouldn’t be so happy. And now this week, with the report that came out saying processed meats can cause cancer, I should not be eating bacon every day (thank goodness I don’t).

But every once in a while is okay. Same goes for french fries, or cheesecake, or whatever your indulgence is.

Every once in a while is okay.

So, as you and I journey down the path before us, when life gets serious, and the clouds loom overhead, and we haven’t taken a break in awhile, may we remember to lighten up a little and appreciate again those things in life we enjoy.

Indulge occasionally

May we remember to indulge occasionally. And to not feel guilty about it (that’s where I struggle), but to savor it.

We certainly don’t want to be dull boys or girls, do we??

(My husband is making apple crisp as I write this. I’m heading to the kitchen to indulge in some right this very moment.)

Blessings!

Julie

 
It’s Day 30 of 31 Days #EmbracingTheJourney. Now, I need to clarify something… I’m not referring to indulging in something that’s morally wrong. That’s not something I would choose to write about here. I think you know where I’m coming from in my words, right? This post is also a part of Five Minute Friday. Free-writing for five minutes on a one-word prompt. This week’s prompt is BACON. All Five Minute Friday writings can be found at Kate Motaung’s place.
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Step Into The Sea

It’s easy to do what we’ve always done, isn’t it?

I believe we human beings tend to be habitual creatures. We get used to how something is or how life goes and we like it that way.

Oftentimes change can be difficult.

Oftentimes we find we do a certain activity or we go about our day a certain way because “we’ve always done it that way.”

We put our head down, and tread the same path, doing the same actions, day after day.

Am I the only one??

I wonder how many special scenes, moments, opportunities I’ve missed on my journey because I was focused on just “doing what I’ve always done.”

Doing what we’ve always done isn’t a bad thing, though. But if we’re stuck in a rut and think things will change if we keep doing the same thing, we’re misled.

“Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.” –Albert Einstein

Life is full of endless opportunities, unlimited potential, and never-ending occasions.

Life is a sea of possibilities.

Sometimes we just need to lift our eyes, perceive what’s around us, and step into the unknown.

Step into the seaTo step into the sea.

To allow ourselves the space to dream again, to give ourselves permission to try something new.

To not be hindered by the unknown, but to embrace a new and different experiences.

To take a brave step forward, to get a little uncomfortable, and to realize there’s more to life than how we’ve been living.

I don’t know what sea is ahead for you, but don’t be afraid of the possibilities it holds.

Just take one step at a time.

Cheering you on as you step forward today!

Blessings!

Julie

 

It’s Day 29 of 31 Days #EmbracingTheJourney. What is your “sea” that’s ahead of you? Is there one step you can take forward in it today?
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Hold On To Hope

It’s easy to lose it.

Or to let go of it when discouragement weighs us down.

Or to lay it down and forgot where we put it when we’re weary and tired.

Or to wonder if it’s even worth carrying it around any longer.

Hope.

Hope it’s essential to pack on this journey of life. And we need a full dose of it. Every single day.

Without it, we probably won’t get very far. But if we do, we won’t arrive at our destination very joyful or encouraged.

No one will want to journey with us. Absence of hope makes one miserable. And everyone around him or her.

Hope is what keeps us going. It’s what encourages us on the toughest of days, and lightens our spirits when the dark tries to engulf us.

It’s what helps us to keep on keeping on.

Friend, no matter what you may be walking through today on your journey, hold on to hope.

Hold on to hope

Hang on to it tight. Don’t loosen your grip on it. No matter what.

Then share it with another so it multiplies. It’ll become a beacon shining the way for many.

And what a beautiful beacon it will be!

Hold on to hope.

Blessings,

Julie

 

It’s Day 28 of 31 Days #EmbracingTheJourney. We have four days left of this wonderful adventure together. I appreciate you being here!
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