“Do not let the fact that things are not made for you, that conditions are not as they should be, stop you. Go on anyway. Everything depends on those who go on anyway.” — Robert Henri
This is the quote of the day, or well the week for me lately. Sometimes words can help you find the courage to go on anyway, to be willing to come back again and again. I realized today as I continued to struggle with maintaining a positive mindset to the challenges in running a small business, that really if I could just apply the hard won lessons of how to sustain a relationship to my work, it might feel totally new.
Learning how to stay when things are difficult in families is great practice for working though obstacles to other dreams. In the same way that I would never think of leaving my family, even at the most painful of moments, I long to have that same whole-heartedness for my work.
A lot of us live with one foot out the door in some area of our life whether it be personal or professional. The thought dancing behind every set back, I don’t have to stay with this, I could be happier if I just… For me these thoughts don’t happen much with my partner or my family anymore. But they are a reoccurring theme for my dreams of building a meaningful love business. I also remember the years that it was true in my marriage, that as long as you keep one foot out the door, a safety escape if you will, you never fully give yourself to the process which can take you to the other side. To succeed, to sustain requires 100%. Doubt is not a leader.
And yet for not being a leader, doubt surely leads many of us away from our real desires and our sense of purpose. I think we don’t realize how we are all on the verge of making the slight changes in our life that would make all the difference. We are not quiet long enough to hear the truth about how much courage we actually have to get up and start at it again.
Wendy Strgar, the owner and founder of Good Clean Love, manufacturer of all natural love and intimacy products. She is a sex educator focusing on “Making Love Sustainable,” a green philosophy of relationships which teaches the importance of valuing the renewable resources of love and family. She has learned that physical intimacy is an important component of sustaining healthy loving relationships through her own marriage of over 25 years.