photo by casey keal

“Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase.” – Martin Luther King, Jr.






What is faith?  Is it a belief in something?  Is there any tangible evidence of faith or is it just a feeling?

Faith is the exact mix of hope and determination you need at the given moment when required.

 Faith conquers fear, moves mountains, shatters obstacles and grows in strength with steady use.  Take the first steps of faith to reach your goals, you don’t need to see the whole staircase, you just need one step at a time to make progress. 

 The first step is to allow yourself to dream.  Get a notebook, a pad, or a journal and start writing down your dreams.  Don’t put limits on your dreams or judge them, just step out onto the staircase and let the journey begin. 

 What do you want to do? Are there places you want to visit?  Where do you want to be later in your life?  Is there someone you would like to meet?  What kind of lifestyle do you see yourself living?

Choices and decisions, planning, goal setting all come later, for right now, just for today allow yourself the unlimited possibilities and the wonder that comes with dreaming.  Take a mini vacation just for you and enjoy the ride.

 Cherry Coley ©

Put One Foot In Front of the Other

photo by casey keal

“Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase.” Martin Luther King, Jr.

I remember spending a lot of time on the stairs while I was growing up.  There were two sets of stairs at the daycare / church my mom worked at and more often than not I was either on one or the other.  One set had a landing halfway up and doors on both ends, the other stair case was a straight shot up, but it was at the further end of the building and more secluded. 

As I was thinking about those stairs today, it reminded me that life is full of stairs.  We choose which way we are going on the stairs each day, or whether we are going to sit down for a while. 

When you think of someone like Steve Jobs, Clark Gable, Dick Clark, or even Donald Trump, you think – “wow, they are a household name, famous, rich, successful people.”  Yet, these people didn’t start out that way; they started out working as grocery clerks, radio personalities, lumber jacks, college drop-outs,  and in real estate working for a family member.

There is no elevator to success.  While there are people who are seemingly born with a silver spoon in their mouths, the majority of us will have to work for the lives we want.  When it comes to success it is a steady, daily trek up the stairs that will get us where we want to be. 

I get frustrated at times,  impatiently I want things to happen right now, to have the doors that I need to go through pointed out and opened up to welcome me without me having to search for them, and make some wrong choices along the way, but that’s just not the way it works.

Success and progress are gained one step at a time, the good part about that is that even at the times when the project seems too difficult, and the dream too big, it’s still all just one step at a time.  Each little step leads us further up the path to the place we want to be.

Cherry Coley ©

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