Hand written notes will never go out of style. They are the sparkle that makes a pile of bills more manageable, they are the written words of kindness and appreciation that we can read over and over again, and they are small acts of thoughtfulness that we save to remind ourselves of greater things. I received a thank-you note of such in the mail this week from my friend Norm. The words Norm shared were not only uplifting, they were motivating. Inside the envelope Norm included the below magnet of my favorite quotation from Eleanor Roosevelt:
I strive to live by Eleanor Roosevelt’s words, for if I can do so, I will never miss out on life. Too often we cower from exploring life and ourselves out of fear of failure, and such fear not only prevents happiness but burdens our hearts. Therefore, in doing one thing every day that scares us, we empower ourselves to stare fear straight in the eye and move forward anyways. And, like H. Jackson Brown says in the below quotation, “If you’re doing your best, you won’t have any time to worry about failure;” he’s right because as long as we are trying our best, we have already succeeded.
I challenge you this weekend to reevaluate Eleanor Roosevelt’s motto as it translates to your life. What have you done recently that scares you and how did it end up as successful growth? More importantly, what have you done today that scares you? Let go of your fear of failure and charge forward!