Thursday, August 13, 2009

Braver, Stronger, Smarter

This past week I’ve been doing a lot of thinking and have taken some steps to correct the feeling of discontent I’ve been having. The serenity prayer has become my mantra of the moment, silently slipping in and out of my thoughts as I have been on the verge of tears, having a weak moment, or summoning the courage to go about making some changes.

Earlier today I came across this quote and pondered for a moment how true it is. I actually printed it out to tape onto my computer monitor and stick in the car so I can be reminded of it often. I also take comfort in the fact that it’s from one of my favorite childhood series, Winnie the Pooh and its sort of gives me the feeling of snuggling under my favorite childhood blanket; which apparently I still need even if only in my thoughts.

“Promise me you'll always remember: You're braver than you believe, and stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.” ~Christopher Robin to Pooh, A. A. Milne

It has always been very easy for me to encourage other people to strive to be their best. I am one of the first to tell people that they CAN change their life and reach their goals, whatever they may be. Believing and seeing the best in other people is always something that has come naturally to me. I’m the friend that people come to when they need help figuring things out or an uplifting word; the one who tells them that regardless of what happens it will all work out in the end. It’s just my nature.

Sadly, its something that has always been much harder to do for myself. I am my own worst critic and battle some inner dialogues that aren’t always so encouraging. I’ve spent much of this past week working on changing that. You’ve helped me do that. I’ve taken some of the comments from the last post--tucking them away into my journal, a jewelry box, the side of my mirror, my desk drawer—to remind myself that I don’t have to figure this all out on my own, that I have a wonderful cheering section, amazing friends who encourage me along the way, a reminder that I am not alone in my feelings.

I’m forging ahead with the plans, lists, and advice for making the changes necessary for me to regain that little part of myself I’ve somehow lost. I am looking into opportunities that seem ridiculously absurd, yet somehow seem to make perfect sense all at the same time. This weekend I am heading down into the mountains to visit a friend from college. I am hoping the visit, the drive, and the stunning beauty of the scenery gives me a peace of mind and a clarity that I’ve been lacking for awhile.

Today though… I’m telling myself that I am braver, stronger, and smarter than I think. I really do hope you will tell yourself the same.

21 comments:

nory said...

I'm sure you're not a huge fan of rap, but the Kanye West STRONGER song comes to mind. Or "I Will Survive." And you know what? I know you will. Self-realization/actualization is a process, a hard one, but not a lot of people even think about making a change. The fact that you are drawing encouragement from the rest of us and going forward, marching bravely on, is amazing.

Go Team Mandy!

Kyla Roma said...

Believing that you're worth the discomfort of pushing through these changes and seeing what's on the other side is a huge, amazing stride ahead. It's always scarier to be in the thick of things and not know which way to go (OH HI, I LIVE THERE! lol) but it's part of a process. And just going through that process is something that will make your stronger.

Frank said...

I like this...especially since I've been feeling rather down on myself lately as well. That quote is wonderful.

Ashley said...

I've been dealing with a great deal of fear about the year ahead and wishing I could be stronger and just face things. It's a constant battle, but we'll get there. Enjoy your weekend! I hope it's restful.

Ray said...

I needed to hear that quote...today especially!

Bayjb said...

I really needed to hear something insightful like that today, seriously. That is a great mantra for all of us to say, I think you're great and I hope your discontent is getting better.

Swishy said...

I'm sorry you're having a rough time, but I really do totally understand. Take a deep breath, give yourself a break and try not to worry too much. Things have a way of sorting out.

LiLu said...

I'm with nory. You need an insanely awesome playlist to go with this insanely awesome sentiment. How about this?

jnyfritz said...

Thats the first step, i know believing in oneself is so very difficult sometime, so sit back and look at all the people who believe in you and perhaps see a what we see. Youre the best and have a fantastic weekend!

AshleyD said...

This is a deliciously lovely post. I love that quote. I may have to print it out and hang it on my mirror as well. And you're right- we are cheering for you. We know you can make it and you'll figure out what exactly is right for you. I hope you have a great weekend visiting your friend!

Tonya said...

This post gave me goosebumps! Great words that you've written. I am going to print out your quote from Winnie The Pooh and stick it in my car to remind myself!

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SoMi's Nilsa said...

I'm always so amazed that books and movies written for children have so much relevance to our adult lives. You've proven this true, once again. I think the first step for you is realizing and acknowledging what kind of person you are ... and what kind of person you want to be. And the next step is making sure to enjoy the drive from here to there ... even if it is a long and winding road.

xjessalicious said...

I'm not sure how I found your blog, but the name definitely caught me. I love the quote and know things will get better for you. Everything happens for a reason and makes us stronger, and you will find what you're looking for. Good luck.

Megs said...

wonderful quote! i love christopher robin!! i don't know you but i totally believe in you! it seems as if you are such a strong person... this i know through blogging world :)) keep it up and it will all work out!

believe me, i'm a testament to that!! :)

Andy said...

Is that before or after Pooh gets stuck in Rabbit's hole with a pot of honey?

Little Fish said...

You're awesome!

Katie said...

Hmmm...I could have sworn I commented. But it looks like not.

That quote is now one of my all time favorites. I might have to borrow that one week. :)

Inner dialogue is one of my own biggest demons. It's something I have to fight constantly. It's so easy for me to see what good and amazing about other people but it's so hard, sometimes to see it in myself. It's been something I've been really trying to work on.

But I think that's why it's so important to have friends. One of my other favorite quotes is: "We are each of us angels with one wing. And we can only fly embracing each other." -Luciano de Crescenzo

So whenever you need help, come back to us and we'll make sure you can fly.

Pam said...

I love the quote. It sounds like you and I are very similar. I am the first to help lift up my friends but I a strong critic of myself.

amanda said...

i thought i commented on this last week. mm...apparently not?

i friggin' love you. but you already knew that.

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