“Sometimes, you have to step outside of the person you’ve been and remember the person you were meant to be.  The person you want to be.  The person you are.” (H. G. Wells).  Trying to sort through the defenses, the pretenses, the alterations, and all the other things that we use to cope or survive is difficult.  Focusing in on who we really are, in spite of the mistakes, hurts, and consequences of life is challenging at best.  In the dark of night, when we can’t sleep, we are haunted by our worst moments in life.   We mistakenly see ourselves as a combination of all the worst things that’s ever happened (or we’ve ever done).  Let’s never forget that we are more accurately identified by our best moments and not our worst ones.  It’s the bad that keeps us down and prevents us from fulfilling our mission.  Our mission is always for good not bad.  If we feel discouraged, unworthy, inadequate, and broken, we are less likely to work toward our best selves.  Fight the tendency to dwell on the bad.  Instead, force yourself to remember the good decisions, the honorable intentions, the successful times where our true selves were most prominent.  The glimmers of good which shines forth can serve as encouragement.  As we encourage ourselves, the best parts of ourselves will strengthen and grow.  The road to fulfilment is rocky, poorly marked, and full of booby-traps.  If we make it at all, if we survive with half a heart and the ability to smile ever so faintly, we are made of sterner stuff than any thing (or anyone) that’s ever tried to hold us back or keep us down.  Keep fighting the good fight!

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