Posted on September 30, 2019 by dragonspitapothecary
I recently read the book by Oprah Winfrey called “What I know.” It is a collection of her personal lessons she has learned from her career and personal journey that have come from years of writing and reflection. She covers a lot of topics including Joy, Courage, Challenge and more but the one that stuck out to me the most was the topic of Resilience.
In this chapter, Oprah talks about some of the major challenges she has faced in her life and how through all of it she has always managed to be ok. Even when she had been demoted in her job, lost her job, faced incredible pain from her family and didn’t know how she would survive, she did. She just stood and took a step forward. She survived. We do too.
This paragraph spoke to me so deeply. “The answer lies in McClurkin’s simple refrain: “You just stand.” That’s where strength comes from – our ability to face resistance and walk through it. It’s not that people who persevere don’t ever feel doubt, fear, and exhaustion. They do. But in the toughest moments, we can have faith that if we just take one step more than we feel we’re capable of, if we draw on the incredible resolve every human being possesses, we’ll learn some of the most profound lessons life has to offer.”
I have read that paragraph again and again since I first found it. I cannot count how many times I felt that way in my life. The shear loneliness and weight of these feelings has felt crushing at times. The times I felt absolute frozen fear of not knowing how I could provide for my family now that my job was gone. The countless times I have been so exhausted mentally and physically but didn’t have the option of resting or giving up. The insecurity of not knowing how to do something but needing to figure it out. How many times indeed.
What I know for sure is you have survived some incredible challenges that you didn’t think you could. You have spent nights in tears, fear and prayer of not knowing what would come next in the storm you were weathering. You spent your last few dollars making sure your kids had what they needed to be taken care of and prayed there would be more coming soon. You have worked at jobs that were miserable because it was a paycheck you needed to pay the bills. All the while praying that miserable job would hold out long enough for you to figure something else out. Through it all you woke up today to do it again. What I know for sure is despite it all, including what others have said, you have it in you to survive.
What I know for sure is we are all on a journey that is teaching us some incredibly hard lessons some days and it can seem the smooth waters are few and far between. It can seem our life is one tragedy after another. As I look back on my journey so far I can definitely see those moments of intense fear, uncertainty and tragedies beyond comprehension. I have seen more dark nights that I ever thought I would survive. Yet I’m still here and while in yet another storm I’m finding ways to balance through it and apply the incredible strengths the prior storms have taught me.
What I know for sure is when you make the decision to start your own business in the middle of a storm, like I did, you are taking a stand and learning to walk through the resistance. You are building your way out of that storm and into a life you design and want one step at a time. You are creating the place that fills your soul and gives you peace like none other can. You may not know how to do it and will constantly be surprised at what you need to learn but you can, given all you have faced to this point, have it in you to figure it out. You can succeed at it too.
When you know in your heart it is time to do something different because what you are doing is not getting you to a better place then you know it’s your time to act. It’s your time to start a journey that is very different from any other you have done but by doing so you are creating the life you deserve and desire. You are creating that financial freedom to not worry or be dependent anymore. You are courageously moving even if you are uncertain and exhausted.
I knew my small business was right for me before I even made my first $1. That first time I felt such passion, creativity and uplifting fulfillment that I had not felt literally for years in my professional career was when I sat down and wrote out what Dragonspit Apothecary was about and all I wanted it to be. I had found a place I could be me and I could pour out all that was in my soul to share it with others without being giving someone else’s guidelines on what I could or couldn’t say.
I could measure my own success free from the subjectivity of how someone else judged my performance. I could stand. And you can too.
What I know for sure is when you come with your heart heavy from being beaten down but that small stirring of hope this is right for you and this is possible in your life then you know it’s time. You know it’s your time to stand and you are ready to start your own business. When that time comes, I’m going to help you. I’m going to be by your side all the way as far as you want to go.
Are you ready?
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