Carolina on My Mind

Realizations about life, personal and professional


May 2013

Determination and Perseverence

So often in my life determination and perseverance have been tied to work-related goals. Over the past several months though, perhaps as a part of my soul-searching journey on the path to 40 and beyond, my goal has been to become healthy inside and out.

With this goal perseverance and determination have taken on new meanings. Healthy inside means not only making good choices for feeding my body but also good choices for feeding my soul. Don’t get me wrong, good choices are difficult in both areas…I love a good glass of wine, often. However the choices for my soul are much harder. Working to always be true to my soul is simply hard emotional work. That being said, it really feels great…and is becoming easier and easier each day. Too bad I can’t say the same about running.

Having determination and working to persevere for the work needed internally manifests itself externally too. Good choices show on my face, can be heard in my words, and live in my heart.

Next weekend my sister, a friend, and I are doing a mud run. Not exactly a princess activity, but so soul-enriching I can’t wait. It feels so good to feed the true me.

I’m thankful to be surrounded by a cadre of people who provide me motivation to continue on this journey.

Is Happiness Optional?

There are many decisions in life we make.  Sacrifices we make for varied and sundry reasons; family, children, career, etc.  However, at what point do we decide that above all, we are better contributors to the world when we decide that our happiness is not optional?  Life is filled with many pleasures both simple and complex; the happiness that comes from a great meal, the strong loving hug from a child and singing along to the radio as we ride down the road. Unfortunately, life isn’t all a bed of Gerber daisies (I like them better than roses).  We have obligations to others, bills to pay and laundry to do.  Finding happiness even in those mundane tasks is a simple step in asserting that our happiness is not optional.  At what point do we stop the sacrifice and decide that the world will be a better place when our hearts are in harmony with our spirits?  At what point do we decide that our happiness in life is not optional?

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