Someone told me not to bite more than I can chew. I told them, ‘I’d rather choke on greatness than nibble on diocrity.'” –Anonymous

When I waps a child I was kind of awkward. I was teased and bullied a lot from my hair to my toes, literally.  My speech impediment didn’t help any, it actually made it worse.  I had to leave this island to find answers: — Why I was born and what for.  It’s been a long journey with all the bumps, twists and turns, thorns and thistles, falling rocks, rivers to cross, slippery slopes and climbing uphill. It’s worth every step. Even with all my brokenness led me to lose my way only to discover something good like making frst things first: We honor our emotions by acknowledging them. We bridle our emotions by keeping them subject to truth.

Adversity becomes a friend to encourage you to choose.  It serves as a choice point for each one of us.  We can choose to play into a victim mindset and give our power away, or we can use challenges as opportunities to learn, grow and become stronger. As soon as you see that it’s up to you that you have a choice in adversity, or standing at a cross road, you also realize you are in control. Self- empowerment and take the road less traveled that makes the difference.  (Robert Frost).

“Consider it pure joy,” writes James in his letter to the twelve tribes (of Israel scattered all over the world) “my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds,  because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance.  Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.”

I found Lewis Howes who wrote the book, School of Greatness. He brings in some incredibly smart people to his show and podcast. I watch his show as much as I can. I learned that anyone can turn an averageness into greatness by first have a vision.

In other words, it starts with how you see the world with you in it.  You find peace in practicing healthy selfishness. Affirm yourself, forgive yourself, and be kind and patient to yourself. 

I don’t think we need to know where we are in our journey. We just take the next step. Practice Stoicism and trust the process.  Believe in yourself.

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