Success is a choice. When we focus on the outcome of success, rather than the fear of failure, we choose to succeed by our actions.

Rip and Real - Day Twenty-Six

When the storms of life come rolling it, it is time to seek shelter. As we watch the downpouring of life, it is easy to get discouraged and stop believing the storm will pass. It is in these times, the greatest sacrifice we will make in our lives, is sacrificing what could be, because we stopped believing in ourselves when it became hard.

Life was never promised to be easy. It was guaranteed to give us experiences. Why then do we become frustrated when life gives us exactly what it guaranteed to give us? Are we more interested in living in a childhood fantasy? 

It is because of the bad chapters in our lives, we find gratitude and appreciation for the good chapters. If we are able to look at life, not just in the exact moment, but life expanded in decades or centuries, we can find hidden treasures of information which help us to navigate the time we have on this earth. Millions of individuals who have traversed this earth, have had similar struggles in overcoming the challenges in their time. Can we learn from them?

It is when our ego gets in the way, and we think that we are better than past or future generations, we find ourselves in a society which repeats past mistakes. Until we can let go of our ego, and realize the value in another's life experience, society will be challenged to progress.

It comes back to our hopes and our dreams. If we will be willing to study how others before us, learned how to overcome their challenges and achieve their dreams, we can often find ourselves seemingly as spinning our wheels. It is about learning and applying lessons which life has taught throughout the ages, and appreciate those who were willing to share their experiences. Learning from other's experiences as well as our own, we can in confidence, take one step forward.

 If you like this preview of Rip and Real, check out other books in The Ember Within Series

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The greatest sacrifice you'll make in your life, is sacrificing what could be, because you gave up when it became hard. Dig in and fight for it.


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The bad chapters in your life helps you to appreciate the good chapters. Remember, there's always another page in your book of life.


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It's your hopes. Your dreams. Your desires. It's rarely easy, but it's always worth it. Just take it one step at a time. Stay focused and keep believing.



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