Capture The Heart

Photo by Beth Sawickie -

“Certain things catch your eye, but pursue only those that capture the heart.”
-Native American Proverb

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I am often distracted by the many, many opportunities that are available to me – and I want to do them ALL!  After all – these may be opportunities for growth, for wealth, for fun.

I have to remind myself that just because I “could” do something doesn’t mean that I have to.  This proverb reminds me to sort through all of those opportunities and find the ones that really “capture MY heart”.

Prepare For Success

"Prepare For Success" Photo by Beth Sawickie

I was mildly obsessed with getting dragon fly pictures this past summer.  There were days when they were just all over the place.  I enjoyed when we’d be kayaking and they’d fly right along with us or hitch a ride for a bit.

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“If one asks for success and prepares for failure, he will get the situation he has prepared for.” – Florence Scovel Shinn

This quote reminds me to not allow myself to be stifled by my own fears.  If I believe that “it will never happen”, “something always goes wrong”…etc – then that is exactly what is going to happen.

The key here, though, is to believe that the success/goal will come.  Then, prepare for it by taking actions that support it.  A simple example of this is wanting to be fit and healthy.  I know I did not get out of shape and a bit plumper than I’d like overnight.  It is going to take time to slim down a bit.  I’m not going to reach my goal if I don’t prepare for it.  And I can move toward the goal by acting “as if” I am at my goal.  What would people who are fit and healthy do?  Choose to eat nourishing food (most of the time ;), choose to get movin’ and exercise, choose to take care of themselves.  Obviously I’m not going to go run a marathon right now…but I can start out with fast paced walking every day.

What is a goal that you would like to achieve? How can you prepare to achieve it?