I once bought a pewter key chain in the shape of three footprints in succession. I was going through an extremely difficult experience and decided to carry the key chain as a reminder that I need only take one step at a time, one day at a time. There were many moments when I reached into my pocket or purse to clasp that key chain as a silent reminder to take my next step.
Approximately two years after I purchased it, the key chain broke in two from all its use, and my first reaction was alarm at what I would do without it, but I took a deep breath and slowly turned to look behind me and realized how far I’d already climbed and was delighted to discover that I no longer needed the physical reminder.
I’m so grateful for that climb.
What project or task or experience feels daunting and overwhelming right now?
Take one step. That’s it. Just one and then another. Before you know it, you’ll be turning slowly around to look behind you and will have your own moment of recognition of just how far you’ve come and just how much you’ve achieved.
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