It is so easy to get sidetracked, to veer off course for a while.  Sometimes we find ourselves on some old track that is mired in debris from our past.  Sometimes we find ourselves on a path that is frighteningly unknown.  Sometimes we need to find the stamina to make it up a large hill. Sometimes we coast down a hill at a terrifying speed into the depths of our fears. And sometimes the tracks ahead are just flooded by our own emotions, to a point where we just don’t see where we are headed anymore.  Worse still, sometimes we give over the controls to our train to someone else and let them engineer where and how we traverse the tracks ahead.

Remember in the movie, “The Help,” there was a mantra that Viola Davis repeated to the little girl, “You are kind, your are smart, you are important.”  Mantra’s like that come in handy when you aren’t feeling all that good about yourself.  I have a mantra that I say to myself, it gets me back on track. Here it is:

“You have a wonderful family. You have a good life.  You have talent.  You make a difference in the lives of others.  You have given the world two wonderful human beings.  You have value, even if others don’t see it.”

Perhaps you have one that is not so different from mine.  I’d like to hear what it is . . . if you are willing to share it.   Author of The Tin Box Trilogy

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