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Monday, February 21, 2011

Footprints in The Snow

"Making your mark on the world is hard. If it were easy, everybody would do it. But it's not. It takes patience, it takes commitment, and it comes with plenty of failure along the way. The real test is not whether you avoid this failure, because you won't. it's whether you let it harden or shame you into inaction, or whether you learn from it; whether you choose to persevere"
— Barack Obama

Yes you landed on a simple looking page! It's because...
This is my temporary page and yes I'm dying to have my new Dare Diva blog home. My designer is 2 Days late but it don't matter, I love her anyways and she too is instrumental in making this LIST happen. I tell you, no matter how much we plan for things to happen, there's always the unexpected and thus.... we have temporary delays. But we keep moving forward don't we?
As I started the new year with my new LIST... There's only been ROADBLOCKS upon Roadblocks. I'd like to think of it like the hard winter we've been having and the snow day with all the shovelling and digging. Yes we sometimes just need to dig ourselves back out onto the road of life. And man those big 'darn cleaning trucks' love to take up the road! Hey you think I'm kidding, what about my New Year First Car ACCidEnt on the road! Oh that's just the beginning of my journey this year. All because I'm on the right path... and when you are, I can almost guarantee that you will definitely get obstacles to prove your worth!

Meanwhile: Miraculously enough, even with so much frustrations and obstacles, I've still managed to do quite a bit in a month's time. Here's to Moving Forward!

Footprints in the Snow

It’s Monday morning, I woke up early and
I dreaded the thought of going out in the freezing cold
So I wore a sweater under my thick coat, wrapped myself with
a warm hat, scarf and gloves
Just before I walked out the door, I took
A deep breath to face the cold and thought… ‘Here we go again!’

As I walked to my car, I noticed a thin blanket of snow on the ground.
Probably from the fierce winds that blew during the night.
I turned on the ignition to warm the car as I brushed off the
lightly scattered snow on the windows.

As I walked around to the other side of the car, I saw
the one set of 'Footprints in The Snow' which was mine.

I thought to myself; ‘How I wished it was a set of
Footprints in the Carribean Sand!’

My thoughts then redirected in the popular poem everyone
knew called “Footprints in the Sand”

I came home and looked for that poem once more.
But then my wandering thoughts reverted to a cross-stitch of this poem
which I had started many years ago tucked away unfinished.
That’s the sad story of my life!
Then the thoughts of that sad fact made me even more frustrated.

Now my heart yearned for that poem as I googled quickly
in hopes to give me some answers and immediate peace.
I knew and understood the poem but I
Felt I just needed to see it today once more.
I have been battling over feelings of frustrations and failures.
I guess it’s one of the effects of being such a perfectionist.

But as I looked at my new set of goals,
I thought to myself, 'how will this be any different from years passed?'

So this morning as I re-read the poem,
I reflected on my own faith in the Lord
and what that one set of Footprints in the Snow meant to me

As I started to write into my clean page of planner,
The light finally came on...
I knew that today, Monday was not just any other day
Monday is the day that was going to matter once again.
The answers were flowing to me now,
Like the Footprints I made in the snow,
'I saw a clean, fresh new beginning wherein I can make a mark!
I saw that each Monday is like a fresh fallen snow where I can make
important choices that will determine my path.'

I always felt that my Mondays Mattered
But with this new insight, this day was going to really matter!

Then the most staggering thought came to my mind as I pondered
deeper into the meaning of The Footprints in the Snow.

I immediately knew and understood that 'The Lord don’t care how
many times we FAIL or how much dirt we leave on the trails.'

Although he would love for us to be perfect,
'He doesn’t expect us to be perfect overnight!'
All he wants is for us to work hard and make the effort!

Like a good parent, he will love us unconditionally and
'Like the snow that will melt in time, he continues to forgive us
over and over again by sending us new blankets of white snow
believing that one of these days we’ll get it right and
trusting that we too can leave a mark for someone else to follow!'

I Dare to Share
Because I Care
The Dare Diva

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