Do you understand the above quote? I will explain but first allow me to share with you...
Two weeks ago I received "Strengthening Your Walk," a daily devotional I am honored to participate in writing alongside fourteen other authors. I am now the author of one book, co-author of a poetry compilation, and a contributing author of two books with a third writing contribution on the way. Recently, many of my peers asked how I became a writer and my response was this:
Since I was eight years old I knew I would one day become an author. Just like I knew and know I WILL become Dr. Whitaker.But what I knew didn't stop there. I've always known I would work hard, love harder, give greatly, serve earnestly, study diligently, and enjoy life. My heart was elated to know that something I said (or would say), something I have done (or will do), has made (or will make) a difference in someone else's life.
So you see, my earlier quote simply means I believed in myself from the beginning. I saw the visions and ran with (and still run with) images of the end results (outcomes). That doesn't mean I've never felt like quitting or that I have not faced challenges. Little by little, I achieved success with perseverance by simply pushing through tough places. It was not easy. I had many sleepless nights (up writing while the house and the people in it slept). My mother passed away while I was striving on the pathway to success and although I slowed down to a creep in order to deal with my grief, I still did not quit. I could go on and on about the various things (some of us call stumbling blocks) that happened while on the continuous journey (and I still have no clue of what else may come), yet, I press!!!
If I could say one thing to encourage you today it's this:
Remember, a key ingredient for success is the ability to believe in yourself so much so that you can see yourself where you desire to be!
So, DREAM, THINK BIG, LEAP, BELIEVE, but most of all, SEE YOURSELF THERE!
Then go forward on the path and follow wherever it may lead, despite whatever ups or downs occur on your journey.I trust God in all I do and I pray that you do the same. Know that you were created with purpose in mind. We are all different "ingredients" for one delicious recipe!
Stacie J. Whitaker-Harris
PS: I SEE YOU THERE! Sending hugs