You Must Do The Thing You Think You Can’t Do

_Some women are lost in the fire.Some women are built from it._Michelle K., _Some_

The dark does not destroy the light; it defines it.  It’s our fear of the dark that casts our joy into the shadows.”

 –   Brene Brown

 Anytime we feel like life is giving us too much to handle, that we can’t take one more thing, that is the time to step outside of the drama and trauma.  To ask ourselves a very vital question.  “What is this experience awakening within me?”  We would not be going through this experience unless the divine knew it would open us up.  It is up to us to figure out what we are being opened up to.  Even the shadows have wisdom to share with us.

Run my dear from anything that may not strengthen your precious budding wings.  Run like hell my dear, from anyone likely to put a sharp knife into the sacred tender vision of your beautiful heart.

  – Hafiz

When we come up against our secret deepest fears.  This fear that is invading our body and flaying us alive.  That is when it is vital that we have the courage to be willing to fall.  It is in the surrender to failing, when our heart is torn and beaten, that is how we find out how far we can rise up.  It is in the “let go and let God” , in the surrender to the divine will or destiny.  That is when everything changes.  Until then we are in a fight inside of us. 

The greatest shackles we bear in this life are those forged by our own fears. 

– Richard Paul Evens, “The Looking Glass”.

Facing our fears is like walking through a crowded room with all of these shadows of people.  They seem to have substance, reality.  They are talking, but their whispers fade away as you try to listen.  They appear to be making perfect arguments, and logical deductions.  Yet they are simply shadows, and they disappear as you put one foot in front of the other and simply walk through them. 

Courage is more exhilarating than fear, and in the long run it is easier.  We do not have to become heroes over night.  Just a step at a time, meeting each thing that comes up, seeing it is not as dreadful as it appeared, discovering we have the strength to stare it down. 

 –  Eleanor Roosevelt

They have no substance, because they are based on projections of what “might” happen.  When you take the time to face them and shine a light upon them, they fade away.  The truth is that your worrying about what might happen, can’t change or alter what tomorrow brings. What it does, is to make your today heart breaking.  It isn’t failure that we should be afraid of.  It is doing nothing and having nothing change in our lives that is truly heart breaking.

She was born wild and curious.  A cage is no place for someone like that.  “I play with the fire of my own truth” she told me, “I will burn for the things I love.”

  –  min hollow

There is a Swedish Proverb that says, “Worry often gives a small thing a big shadow”.  Worry stops you from making the right choices.  It stops you from being the brilliant, funny, entertaining “light up my life” person that you are meant to be.  It bleeds away your courage to get up and take action.  It drains you, instead of fueling your passion to get stuff done. 

Ask yourself if you’re certain – do you really want it?  When you’re certain, desire will transform you into a racehorse, explosive at the gate.  When you’re certain, details and obstacles will noticeably shrink, and crumble away.  Excuses will die, ecstatic determination will strengthen your drive, and the sheer power of intent will rattle your lands and skies.  Are you truly certain?  Then call it out.  Claim it as yours.  Do what you need to do each and every day, to let it know you’re ready, you can see it, and that you’re on your way.  Now is the time.  Your dream patiently awaits.

  – Victoria Erickson

When you are courageous you spark the souls of others and ignite the bravery in them.  That is why we love to read the stories of those who conquer their fears.  It lights up the coals inside of us that are in danger of going out.  It re-ignites us to push forward once more. 

Don’t tell a girl with fire in her veins and hurricane bones what she should and shouldn’t do.  In the blink of an eye, she will shatter that ridiculous cage you attempt to build around her beautiful bohemian spirit.

  – Melody Lee

The moon calls to the tides, beckoning them to reach the shore and gently kiss the sand.  To release what no longer serves, and by making space for something new that is coming in on the tides.  When I am moving towards my own passion and purpose in life, my purpose in life moves towards me.  Courage is the foundation on which fears can be met. 

You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face.  You must do the thing which you think you cannot do.

 –  Eleanor Roosevelt

This foundation helps us to take the risk of leaping forward, even though we don’t know where we will land.  It is the foundation that helps us to be compassionate with ourselves when we have the rough landing that breaks us into pieces.  It gives us the strength to put ourselves back together again, and venture forth one more time. 

What matters most is how well you walk through the fire.

  – Charles Bukowski

We must dare to live a life that is more than just a daily existence.  To understand that sometimes in order for something new to come into existence, fire is required to crack the old hard shell of our life.  We can then see the potential of who, and what we are.  We can see what we can accomplish, only if we keep trying. 

Becoming fearless isn’t the point.  That’s impossible.  It’s learning how to control your fear, and how to be free from it.

  – Veronica Roth, Divergent

We all have these wonderful talents, these personal geniuses that are just waiting for us to have the courage to follow them down the trail of mastery. It is in risking the fire, stepping across the threshold into the unknown, that is when you discover your true voice. 

Faith is the strength by which a shattered world, shall emerge into the light.

 –  Helen Keller

Sheryl Silbaugh

I am married with 4 grown children who are all married and currently have 14 grandchildren and two great granddaughters. I work fulltime as a Director at Bank of America and I am the founder of, which is a website and Facebook page dedicated to personal transformation and growth. We all have life's lemons show up in our life, this website helps us to make them into lemonade.

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