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A Good Investment

October 20, 2010

Earlier this year I wrote this statement: Be bold when you find something worth fighting for, as you will not have the opportunity to fight forever. Though I believed what I wrote at the time, it certainly wasn’t as evident to me then as it is today.

Sometimes we write these things out of self motivation, hoping that by writing out our thoughts down, we’ll somehow be wishing them into actually happening. This is often the case for me. In the moment I wrote that quote, I was steered by having discovered something worth being bold for.

[It’s like falling in love for the first time. Do you remember what it felt like…? You’ll do anything for your love, crazy things. You even stop seeing things around you because you become so focused on your love. Love gives you strength, makes you bold, sets you free. It doesn’t care what others think or what obstacles may lie in the way.]

I knew I had discovered a cause worth fighting for when laid awake in bed each night, not able to go to sleep because I was thinking about the change that needed to happen, the work there was to be done, and dreaming (with eyes wide open) of the way things would be when it was complete. If you’re like me, you stress yourself out, not wanting to take on too much work for fear that you’ll leave the job incomplete or not having met expectations.

But. Sometimes you just have to fight. Despite expectations. Despite your fear. Despite your workload. Without all the resources you need. Without all the time you want. Without all the support you had hoped for. And you just have to go. You have to give up things you don’t want to. You have to surrender stress, worry, and pessimism in order to gain confidence, ability, and hope in your work. But the trade out is well worth it all.

When days are tough, and you can’t bear looking at the road ahead, close your eyes. Picture the dream that brought you here. Remember how badly you want this dream, and remind yourself of the way things will be when you get there. Stand firm in the vision you have for the cause. You’ve had it for a reason, you’ve noticed a need.

When your body is worn and you feel like you cannot even take one more step forward. Rest well but do not quit. Be assured in knowing that you do not have long to fight for this. The time will have gone before you know it, do not let your window pass.

Within the fighting, the resources often are discovered in new places. The time comes from giving up things less important to you. And support comes when you least expect it, usually after you’ve realized that you don’t need it. But, man does it feel good when it comes.

In the end, when you’ve followed your heart and thrown in every ounce of passion from within, you’ll be rewarded. You’ll get back much more than you’ve put in. Then you can sit back, take a deep breath, and see what you’ve been able to do. Though it will be easy to become proud, guard yourself against pride, and set out tomorrow with another vision for your world.

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5 Comments leave one →
  1. October 25, 2010 2:51 pm

    I know this feeling well! Thanks for reminding me to “picture the dream” that got me here. Good words when the sheer exhaustion of trying to achieve your dream starts wearing you down. I’m really enjoying your blog (and thanks for stopping by mine)! I’ll be visiting often.

  2. October 26, 2010 8:13 am

    That was lovely. I’m currently a Peace Corps volunteer teaching English in Bulgaria. It’s harder than it sounds. I’ve had days when I’m completely overwhelmed by all that needs to done and the darkness seems endless – no reassuring light at the end of the tunnel – sometimes. But it’s nice to remember that as long as I keep fighting, while I can, because my time is definitely limited, that a change will be made – and support and resources will be found…somewhere. Thanks and good luck with whatever it is you’re up to!

    • October 27, 2010 7:49 am

      what a great mission, and i don’t doubt for one second that it’s very hard. just remember that bigger changes often take longer to accomplish, a longer while to realize, but in the end, they can be a more lasting change. when i think of my life, these things are true and i didn’t realize most of them were happening until after those experiences were over. best of luck to you, i support your work and spirit! keep in touch!

  3. October 27, 2010 10:08 am

    This is really beautiful, and I hope lots of people read it today. Especially that last paragraph 🙂

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