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Charleston happened slowly, like a trip to the DMV.  Nearly 14 hours in and my family is defeated by traffic, fried apple pies (they used to be less painful on the stomach when I was younger), beef jerky, and an exciting vacation that had run its course.

At the stroke of midnight I decide to pass the time with a good ole fashion game of “I think I can”.  No need to pull in for the night.  I knew I could make it, and so I marched onward while my family slept.  We arrived home at 3:00 am.  I awoke in the late morning with a migraine and a series of aches and pains my 91-year old grandfather would curse in Italian slang.

Today I feel I have nothing to give, no energy to expend.  But here I am, in front of my computer – empty and open.  I’ve learned week in and week out to sit in this space regardless of the circumstances.  I’ve learned to push further and see what lies beyond.  Each week I begin in ignorance and darkness not knowing where my writing will lead.  But I try with all my might to avoid the temptation to “control” or comfort my fears.

Sometimes, when you think you’ve reached an end point, a closed door, or the limits of your abilities, you find it is, quite simply, the very edge of the beginning.

It reminds me of something I read recently from the fine folks at Samba Blog:

“The first time you ship something, the world will probably ignore you.

The second time you ship, the world will still ignore you.

By the third or fourth time you ship, you start to learn about the world in a way that only the act of shipping teaches.

The more you ship, the harder it gets for you to ignore the world.

The more you ship, the harder it gets for the world to ignore you.”

When you feel the chips are down, or you are facing what appear to be insurmountable fears and self-doubt, make an effort to engage.  And when you feel you’ve pushed yourself to the limit – push further.

Go through to the other side and come out singing.  It’s a fine marketing lesson, and an even better life lesson.

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  1. Linda Peterson  August 3, 2010

    Oh how I can relate! Thanks for such openness…

  2. Brian  August 3, 2010

    David you are so in tune with the universe today. I am in that very place. I’m transitioning my office based therapy practice to a phone/Skype based coaching practice. I have met with substantial resistance from therapy clients about switching to the new model. I’ve also been putting in extremely long hours to convert my infrastructure for this change and expand my marketing.

    This weekend I suffered a concussion and needed stitches, yet I needed to keep going because I’m on a self imposed deadline. I found a way to push further and am beginning to reap the rewards.

  3. Katherine Gordy Levine  August 3, 2010

    Yes, it took many years to realize my task was just to keep putting one foot in front of the other , holding to my values. and doing the best I could to live up to them, regardless of what life or others were doing or saying. Stay strong all.

  4. Janis Ellington  August 3, 2010

    Thanks for the inspiration. Just what I needed to reflect upon today.

  5. Viktoriya Magid  August 3, 2010

    Thank you, David… Another reminder of this old wisdom: one finds exactly what one needs – just look with open eyes. Your blog was exactly what I needed today – thank you for your transparency.

  6. David Diana  August 5, 2010

    Thanks for all your feedback and comments everyone. And I hope you are doing better Brian!

  7. lisa wilson  October 12, 2010

    david, like your other readers, i am grateful for your honesty. your willingness to share yourself openly with us is such a gift.

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