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You Can Do It!

You Can Do It!

I stood staring off into the distance, smiling like a fool, as I waited for the washing machine to fill. I was in a daze, reminiscing about this amazing little boy I met, whose determination has forever changed my life. 

Imagine for a second, the most adorable little boy, standing at a child-size sink, stretching with all his might to reach the cold water handle. He barely meets you at your waist—although he is four years old—and is now standing on his tip toes determined to turn the water off by himself.

This may not sound as remarkable in print as it was in person, but Hector has a medical condition that has stunted his growth and his fingers cannot bend. Can you imagine the determination of this little boy that he never asked for help, although it took him at least a minute and a half to do what takes most of us less than 2 seconds? I was standing within a foot of him the whole time and he never once looked back at me in hopes that I’d intervene. He remained focused on his goal, never quit stretching his whole body to get that extra eighth of an inch he needed to do it by himself. I fought the urge to help him because I knew that if I showed that I did not have confidence in him, he would lose confidence in himself. I stood by and waited for him to ask for help. He never did. When it seemed he could not possibly reach it, he repositioned himself and somehow managed to stretch that extra eighth of an inch, and his fingers touched that handle! When the last drip of water fell from the faucet and his feet were back on the floor, I didn’t know whether to cheer or cry. I was so proud of him, so inspired by him, and so glad that I did not help him.

I learned two valuable lessons in that moment. The first is that we can accomplish amazing things—things that seem so far outside our reach—if we don’t stop believing. The second, is that in times when we are struggling with a challenge, wondering why God won’t intervene, He is often standing close by proudly mouthing the words, “You can do it.”

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Posted by on August 19, 2012 in Epiphanies, Inspirational, Motivational

 

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No Apologies

The Creator designed each of us with different finger prints for a reason. It’s as if “He” was giving us ten constant reminders to be the individuals He created us to be. But we spend so much time trying to fit into a mold of who our friends want us to be, who our families want us to be, and what we believe society expects us to be. The reality is that self acceptance begins with… you guessed it, yourself. The only way to live a life of true joy and freedom is to be the real you, the person you were created to be, with no apologies.

Today, I created a design for a t-shirt that I have been fighting against creating for some time. I kept thinking to myself, “who am I to say this” and “who am I to think I can just create a word and expect it to become a movement?” People are going to be questioning my intelligence and saying to themselves, “That’s not even a word.” But today, I got up and said to myself “2012 is the year that I am unapologetically me.” I thought to myself as I was posting my design on my facebook page, “Beyonce’ created a word (“bootylicious”), Lil Wayne coined the term “bling bling” and Martin Lawrence has the whole globe saying, ‘You go, girl’, why can’t I say  “unapologetically me?” And with that thought, I decided to stop holding back. If I’m not willing to do me, how can I tell anyone else to do it?

So that’s the story behind this design. Of course, there’s a part of me that’s still a little self conscious about it, but the greater part of me wants to be free to do what’s on my heart regardless of people’s responses. I definitely hope you will like it, but more than that I hope you will embrace the message—that life is not about everyone else (in the sense of fitting in). Life is about being who you really are and sharing that great truth with the world around you.

This is my first big step into my new outlook for 2012. I resolve to make 2012 the year that I am me, with no apologies. How about you?

P.S. Here’s the tee. 🙂

"Unapologetically Me" Tee

Live life authentically, with no apologies.

 

 

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