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“Yet You Can…”

June 8, 2011

“The cow runs away from the storm while the buffalo charges directly toward it — and gets through it quicker.” ~Wilma Mankiller, the first ever female chief of the Cherokee nation

Ever notice sometimes that the more you resist something, the worse it gets? Whether it’s something you don’t want to happen, an event you are dreading, a task you’re avoiding, or something someone else is doing to upset you, it seems the more you try to avoid that very thing, the more it affects you. Certain things are out of our control. They just are what they are – and that’s okay. Instead of resisting the storm, try the alternative – face it head on and roll with it. Be the buffalo. Because no matter how fast you can run, eventually the storm will catch up to you. I came across this poem that my friend Judith sent me, which explains this concept beautifully…
 
Yet You Can
 
You cannot succeed in fighting against the wind. Yet you can
harness its power and do great things with it.
 
You cannot now be anywhere other than in this moment. Yet
you can transform this very moment into whatever kind of
experience you wish to live.
 
You cannot stop the sun from setting. Yet you can prepare
yourself to make the very most of the new day that comes
when the sun surely rises again.
 
You cannot stop the years from passing. Yet you can fill
each one of those years with a life that’s rich in meaning.
 
There are many things beyond your control. Yet you can live
true to your most authentic purpose no matter what may come.

You cannot be sure of what the future will bring. Yet you
can choose right now, and always, to continue bringing your
own unique beauty to life.

“Many of our fears are tissue-paper-thin, and a single courageous step would carry us clear through them.” -Brendan Francis
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