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Pausing Is Completely Different Than Stopping
Somewhere along the line most of us were fed an idea that progress was a straight line. It’s tempting to read the bumps and pauses in our progress as signals that this isn’t the right time/we aren’t the right people/we can’t make it to where we’re going. But, friends, progress is a wavy line and those bumps and pauses are where you build the strength and knowledge to succeed in that new place you’re going.
Nobody has summited Mt Everest in a straight shot. Instead, seasoned climbers rely on the base camps, where they learn to breathe at new altitudes before they forge ahead. Sometimes they climb back down in order to make it to the next summit.
And yet, so often, we look at our own efforts as failures when we slip back into old patterns, or feel the call for a little ease and rest on familiar ground. But, here’s the thing, friends, we need rest as much as we need effort, and when we are learning to breathe at a new altitude, our bodies and minds need time and space to get used to our new ways of being.
So, whatever hill you’re climbing right now, here’s your friendly reminder to take a load off when you need to. It’s a signal that you have the courage to keep going.
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Sending you so much love and courage to keep going,