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Daring Greatly!

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

I read a great article in O Magazine's June 2013 edition, "The Wholeheart​ed Life - Oprah's Conversati​on with Brene Brown" in which she shares a fabulous quote by Theodore Roosevelt:

It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs ... [And] if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly."

Ms. Brown stated that in reading this quote she realized that she wanted to live this way - courageously! And she learned something powerful about listening to other's commentary on how she/you/I are living our lives and walking our individual paths.

She said, "It's not about winning or losing. It's about showing up and being seen. ... If you are not in the arena getting your butt kicked on occasion, I'm not interested in your feedback. Period."

I just LOVE that! Why should we take in anyone else's opinion about how we are living our lives, the progress we're making or the choices and chances we're taking ... and especially why should we if the speaker/commentator isn't living courageously themselves!?!

It's better to simply Dare Greatly, Live with Integrity to Self, and Seek Bliss ALWAYS!

In the past 5 months, I have learned so much about myself and what IS TRULY POSSIBLE FOR ME. When I started Ideal Protein (IP), I only wished that it was possible to lose weight consistently each week. I had read that people on IP lost an average of 3 lbs a week, typically, and some women like me who had 100+ lbs to lose lost 100 lbs in as little as 7 months. I was excited about the possibility but honestly wasn't sure if I could ... but told myself I'd be really grateful to even lose 50 lbs in that time period.

And now 5 months along and 62 lbs lighter - I am a DEFINITE BELIEVER!!!! I now LIVE IN THE REALM OF THE POSSIBLE! I Am living my personal dream! Isn't that something! And that's because I dared greatly to believe ... to try ... to BEGIN.

Now, I feel better than I have in YEARS! I now see so much POSSIBILITY in how I want to live my life. It's no longer a wish, a dream or hope - but a REALITY! DAILY I am LIVING with more energy, vitality, flexibility, ease than ever before - certainly since I was in my 20's.

Get this, I even feel better at my current weight than I did when I used to weigh this amount previously, and that's because I AM healthier. I'm not eating the fatty, insulin producing, toxic, refined sugars that I used to binge on - because I was addicted to their taste. I don't kid myself in thinking I'm no longer sensitive to them - actually, I know myself to be a recovering sugar and carb addict and thus staying away from them for good in the future, even after I reach my goal weight is MY plan. For Optimal Health a low-carb diet lifestyle is MY way forward. Finding out what works best for you and being honest about that I think is the KEY to successful, long-term, lasting weight loss. I'm rooting for each of us! I FULLY and FAITHFULLY BELIEVE THAT WE CAN DO THIS!!! emoticon

You're in the arena. You're striving and daring greatly and that IS A WIN in and of itself! Hang in there, Stay inspired! Love, Bliss emoticon
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    I love Brene' Brown! I read her books the Gifts of Imperfection and Daring Greatly, and they were so on point. Love her!

    I wish you peace, joy and continued success on your journey!


    1689 days ago
    Love your words and I think I'll be dashing out to pick up a copy of the magazine too! Sounds like an awesome article :)
    1741 days ago
    Hope, you're AWESOME! And thanks for your words of support. I do feel that a book is in the near future. Any and everything is so ... readily POSSIBLE! Believe in that! All love, Bliss emoticon
    1742 days ago
  • HOPEFUL199
    Bliss, you are so good at expressing your self in writing. You should be published. Truly a gift.
    1743 days ago
    Thanks Marianne and BeaniesMom! I am so grateful for your consistent, loving support! Trust and believe me when I say it has made a powerful impact on my psyche, Spirit and continued success.

    A freind of mine recently shared the following parable that really explains for me how our success is directly tied to the love, prayers, well wishes and support we receive from others - even if we don't know they're sending it to us. Ladies, I stand in the gap for you, too! WE CAN DO THIS!!!


    "When Moses' hands grew tired, they took a stone and put it under him and he sat on it. Aaron and Hur held his hands up—one on one side, one on the other—so that his hands remained steady till sunset." Exodus 17:12 (NIV)

    Someone very dear to me is in the fight of her life ... she's wrestling with her belief in God and searching to know with certainty that Scripture is true. She's fighting for her faith. Watching from the sidelines is difficult to endure for me. But the battle is one that only she can combat.

    I love her so much and want to jump in the ring with my fighting gloves and slay the enemy. As one who came out victorious from the same struggle of my own, I long to bottle the knowledge I learned and give it to her. Handing my wisdom and faith to her would surely spare her the agony associated with a fight for faith in the Lord.

    Watching the conflict as a bystander is arduous. But while I watch, I pray. And through prayer I am reminded of two men in the Bible who stood by their friend Moses in battle.

    Moses sent Joshua into battle to fight an army of their enemies. While Joshua and the men waged war, Moses stood on top of the mountain holding his staff over the valley. Joshua and his men were victorious as long as Moses held the staff up. When Moses lowered the staff, their enemies gained on them.

    Moses' friends, Aaron and Hur, followed him up the mountain. They saw the pressure and agony Moses experienced as he held the staff. With compassion, these men pushed a large rock under Moses for him to rest upon. Then, in a selfless act of love and friendship, they each held up one of Moses' arms as he held the staff high.

    They could not hold the staff for Moses but they could stand with him through the long battle.

    They filled in the gap created by Moses' weakness with the strength of their faith.

    This story challenged me to change my position from a bystander to that of a gap-stander. A bystander is an onlooker who watches, but does not to get involved.

    A gap-stander has empathy and takes action, using the strength of her faith to help the fighter stand until victory comes. A gap-stander is someone the one in battle can lean on.

    Are you watching someone you care about fight for faith, whether in God, for healing, restoration of a marriage, or something else?[ Like regaining our health and belief in ourselves once again?!] Do you feel helpless?

    We cannot give our faith to our loved ones or fight for them, but we can stand with them and support them as they fight to have their own faith.

    The job of the gap-stander isn't easy, but it is a place of honor. Gap-standers are committed to encouragement, prayer, and spiritual and practical support. As we watch the battle rage, we also share in and observe God's great work and their victory. Who can you stand in the gap for today?

    All love - Bliss emoticon
    1743 days ago
    That is a great quote! Your progress is astounding!!!!! emoticon
    1743 days ago
  • MARIANNE9855
    thanks for the wisdom of the quote on my page and then sharing more about your success and belief in this blog- I love Oprah's magazine and think I will go back to having a subscription- your words are so true-
    I work with people with mental illness and substance abuse disorders and everything I learn for myself helps me help them- I really feel that all parts of my life are coming together at the right time- none of this is easy but we can help each other while we are helping ourselves.
    It is so true about feeling healthier at a previous weight than we did before- I know I do because I too am eating healthier and moving better-

    thanks for being you and sharing with us-
    1743 days ago
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