We Have The Power, Freedom And Courage To Change

“Don’t force yourself to fit in where you don’t belong” – Unknown

When I see this puppy, my imagination pictures the puppy looking longing at a little boy.

It is the little boys first day of school and he is getting on the bus.  The puppy doesn’t understand why he can’t go too.  Usually when the little boy leaves out the gate, the puppy has on his leash, and they are going to the park.  The puppy wants nothing more than to be able to get on the bus with “his” boy.

He doesn’t care if he belongs on the bus or not.  His boy is on the bus; therefore, he should also be on the bus.

Have you ever felt like that?  Like stop the world and let me get off?  When you are so unhappy that you can’t function any longer?  Today around the world there are a lot of people who are working from home or simply out of work as they shelter in place.  You may be binging on Netflix or Amazon Prime.  You may be sitting there wishing you could escape the 50th time your child is watching Frozen II.  Ellen DeGeneres had a great 4 or 5 videos where she is talking about her 4,000-piece puzzle.

For me getting lost in a good book is a great escape.  I love it because it is usually a mystery of some sort and I’m busy being a detective.  There is actually a mystery book called “Why Shoot a Butler?” as a play on “the butler did it”.  So, I’m busy figuring out “who done it”.

Or it could be a science fiction and I’m wondering how long it will be before we have teleports to send us everywhere we want to go.  What I love about whatever the story I’m reading, is the fact that as problems come up, the characters are busy solving them.  The End.

It helps me embrace the feeling that whatever is making me feel so bad will soon be resolved – if I can just hang in there a little longer.

“Whatever the new beginning is for you right now, allow yourself to be swept away by the sweet freedom that comes with it.  Growth is around the corner” – Amanda Christian

What if instead of viewing yourself as being stuck, you realize that you are in reality looking at a secret passageway? A door or threshold where you begin to see that you are capable of so much more than you are currently doing.

The universe sends you new opportunities, new doors to walk through all the time.  You just need to open your eyes to see them.  If you just look backward, you will miss them.  The good news is that by turning around you can see what new ones just popped into your purview.

Sometimes in order to gather the courage to walk towards your destiny, you need to look backwards.  Not in longing, but in amazement.  Amazement that after all of the broken hearts, wasted dreams, failed relationships something happened.  After all of the battle scars you wear upon your physical and spiritual bodies, you made it through.

You survived and now life is asking you to go to the next step.  To thrive.  So, pick up your courage and wear your badge of accomplishment proudly.  Put a crown on your head.  Walk tall.  This is a new chapter in your life, and it is going to be amazing.  And remember, you can still see the sunset, even on the darkest days.

“Anxiety happens when you think you have to figure out everything all at once.  Breathe.  You’re strong.  You got this.  Take it day by day”  – Karen Salmansohn

I don’t know where or how yours or my story will end.  What I do know is that you can never give up becoming the person you are meant to be. That it is important to continue to grow everyday into your potential.

I will never give up growing and expanding what LemonadeMakers is, and what it will grow into.

I am excited just thinking about the possibilities of who we both can be!  What will you learn next?  What new doors of opportunity are just waiting for you to see them?  Always remember, there’s so much more to the book than the page you are currently stuck on.

You can choose to be open to the possibilities, and leave the excuses behind the fence.
You can choose your attitude, choose happiness.
You can choose to put the past behind you . . ., no turning back.
You can choose to trust yourself, for then you will know how to live.
You can choose to take action, one step after another.
You can choose to live a life of uncertainty, instead of being stuck in a rut.
You can choose to say, “why not me?”
You can choose to live life, not just exist.
You can choose to commit to expansive goals that grow you.
You can choose to live the life you’ve always wanted, but never thought you deserved.
Which do YOU choose?

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 LemonadeMakers.org, 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.