In Others’ Words: Discover
It’s an amazing feeling.
Pushing past the “I can’t, I can’t, I can’t” — stuffing a sock in all that mental mouthing-off — helps me see myself in a whole new, glorious way.
Suddenly I’m not living under the crushing threat of impossible. Instead, I’m inhaling and exhaling all of the possibles.
So what was I afraid I couldn’t do — and then I discovered I could do? Oh, so many things. But I’ll only share one today:
Back when I was all of 20 years old, I found an engagement ring hidden in a handblown Christmas ornament on my Christmas tree. With that ring came a marriage proposal, which I accepted.
But here’s the thing: Even as I said yes, I thought: This isn’t going to work.
Isn’t it funny — in a so unfunny way — how you can be saying yes and thinking no-no-no at the same time?
The engagement lasted five months — and so did my doubts. And finally I spoke up. I didn’t do it perfectly. To be honest, my declaration of independence was a mess. But my message was clear enough to end the relationship — and to ensure that friends told me I was crazy to let such a perfect guy go. (Yeah, well, they were entitled to their opinions. I was the one who had dated the guy.)
What did I discover?
That I could speak up. For myself. For truth. That I didn’t have to pretend everything was okay when it wasn’t.
That was the first time I embraced honesty and valued myself over what others might think about me — but it wasn’t the last.
In Your Words: When did you surprise yourself and discover you could do something you didn’t think you could do? I’d love for you to join the conversation and share your experience!
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