Stepping Stones

03/12/2014

Talents are common; everyone has them. But rare is the courage

to follow our talents where they lead. ~ Anonymous

destiny is a choice
stepping-stones crop“Some of us are so occupied with our goals – leaping ahead of ourselves to the end result – that we ignore the path and the process in-between. On the other hand, some of us get so disoriented or doubtful about how to get from here to there that we have trouble even setting our goals, or we get stuck on one step, suffering from tunnel vision.

“It helps to remember that if we want to climb a mountain, we need to form a goal, set out a direction, prepare well, and proceed in small, sure steps. We can break down any achievement, no matter how large or imposing, into discrete, manageable steps. If we want to ford a stream, we find the individual stepping-stones. If we try to leap over too many steps, sooner or later we’re going to slip.

“Many of us live only for the big highs, but forget that each small step up the mountain is higher than the last.” ~ Dan Millman

 

I do not ask to walk smooth paths

Nor bear an easy load

I pray for strength and fortitude

To climb the rock-strewn road.

Give me such courage I can scale

The hardest peaks alone

And transform every stumbling block

Into a stepping stone.

~Gail Brooke Burkett

23 responses to Stepping Stones

  1. 

    Thank you for another inspiring post!! I am afraid that I am not very good at making goals for myself. I have a very childish life philosophy, I just love to be happy, so I want my life to be filled with joy. I don’t pursue any career either…..when I was a tiny little girl I said that I wanted to love those who did not feel loved or had anyone to love them, I guess, if I have any goal it must be that 🙂 I think I would just not do in a regular job…..I am far too unpractical and sensitive, I don’t like to follow authorities and I have complete lack of authority in myself. I don’t do well in the academic world either, I like my own ideas better than the ones I find in books…….Ooops, I guess I got a little sidetracked now, my apologies, but your post made me reflect upon my own life! Your posts always do! They are simply wonderful posts! So thank you for making me think!! 🙂

    • 

      I love reading every word you share Line my friend! You are welcome to come here and get sidetracked with me anytime! Again I see how we’re kindred spirits (many readers will feel kinship with you too) for we are the dreamers, the lovers of life and all its magic and mystery. We can see incredible joy and gifts in ordinary -even bleak- places, and that is to be treasured. I love and celebrate how you shared that you have faith and conviction in your OWN ideas! Hooray! Keep that up my beautiful artistic poetess friend. You are shining brightly being who you ARE, and every single one of us who honour our own authentic Self help role-model it by showing others what it looks like and how it’s done. Your comment today reminds me that Howard Thurman mused how the world needs ‘people who have come alive’. Keep being your beautiful non-conformist self! You shine most brilliantly when you do! Loving hugs, your friend Gina

  2. 
    The Voice of a Soul 03/12/2014 at 4:49 am

    Wonderful post!! Thank you for sharing this with us.

    Much love and light,
    Shaidi

  3. 

    Love this! Thank you Gina. I especially like the Dan Millman quote on climbing a mountain with small, sure steps. Nice!

    • 

      As a bit of an overthinker I’ve often stumped myself with trying to leap from A to Z without respecting, and celebrating, all the needed steps and every little increment. I’ve been learning to enjoy the process. And as they say about taking action, even if you’re making slow progress you’re still lapping everybody on the couch! 😀

  4. 

    The journey and the destination, both so importantant. I think I prefer the journey because once you get where you’re going, yes, there that initial joy, but then what? Know what I mean Jellybean?

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      😀 I totally know what you mean Jellybean! Reminds me of a dream a friend told me about that I never forgot: She was climbing a mucky, dark hill on her horse but she finally got to the top and it was grassy and sunshiny and she wanted to stay there forever! She looked out at rolling hills with valleys and peaks in all directions. Then an unseen voice said, ‘It doesn’t matter which way you go, as long as you keep on moving’. Interestingly that dream struck me even more deeply than herself as I had to remind her of it years later!

  5. 

    Oooh, I love the Destiny one–so true and so perfectly found in the forest! Happy Wednesday, Gina! I know you’ll make it a great day.

    • 

      What a nice thing to say Jamie ~ I too pause before saying Have fun, or Have a great day to someone, when I know that they will! Yes that Destiny image is incredible isn’t it? I LOVE the photo to go with that quote. Hugs my friend!!

  6. 

    Hi Gina, Did you write this for me? (LOL) 🙂 Because this is exactly what I needed to read. I’m starting to think you’re not a real person but an Angel sent to keep me from slipping up. (LOL) 🙂 I love your opening line: “Talents are common; everyone has them. But rare is the courage to follow our talents where they lead.”
    Love you and your blog. Big hugs, Lorlinda

    • 

      😀 Lorlinda my sweet SS you make me laugh! Thank you for joyfully encouraging me to keep listening to what I’m next called to share about. It means so much to read that this was timely for you. That makes my heart shine, as does our friendship.
      Thank you, thank you!! Big hugs felt and returned to you too! xo Gina

  7. 

    Lovely! We are the creators of our own destiny. We make our decisions & our decisions make us.

  8. 

    Again Gina your words speak to my heart – and move me to tears….to transform every stumbling block into a stepping stone….just what I needed to move forward and not look back wondering.

    You’re a gem
    Thank you
    Lucy xx

    • 

      Bless your heart my friend, for your kind comment of support brings so much cheer to my heart! Thank you!! It delights me that this helped bring clarity and insight. Your beautifully shining brightness fills my day! Hugs, Gina xo

  9. 

    This is inspiring Gina. One step at a time is good advice.

  10. 

    This is another beautiful inspiring post.
    ThanksGina _/\_