Posts Tagged ‘Dag Hammarskjold’

Just remember that you don’t have to be what they want you to be.
Muhammad Ali

Who is this “they” that keep trying to set your standards and control your behavior?

And why is it that “they” feel empowered to control your destiny?

Who is it that you’re looking toward to provide the map for your life?

Why are you waiting for them to decide?

Be courageous. Dream the dream. Take the risk. Live the life. On your terms.

But be prepared.

They have a tendency to scoff at what they don’t understand.

Mock the actions they are fearful to take.

Sabotage convictions that make them uncomfortable.

Bravely take a stand. Declare your intentions. Follow your star.

For at the end of your journey, they won’t be around to blame or congratulate — at that point you stand on your own.

As Dag Hammarskjold said, “Never for the sake of ‘peace and quiet’ deny your own experience or convictions.

Whatever you are, live your own life!


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You will recognize your own path when you come upon it,
because you will suddenly have all the energy and imagination
you will ever need.

Jerry Gillies

Do you ever wander around your life, wondering when things will make sense?
When you will discover your purpose?
When your destiny will arrive?

You’ve taken the tests and discovered your strengths. Read the books and identified the steps.

Yet something remains elusive. In the shadows. Just out of sight.

Surely, you think, there’s more to it than this.

Not that your life is a disaster waiting for the clean-up crew. No, that’s not it.

It feels more like you’re living your life in black and white, when you know for a fact that there is a high-definition option available.

Don’t give up!  Keep searching, researching, looking for your life. It’s out there just waiting to be discovered.

And when you do find it, you must be willing to take the biggest risk of all — exchanging the comfort of what you know for the opportunity to live the life you have imagined.

There is a point
at which everything becomes simple
and there is no longer any question of choice,
because all you have staked will be lost
if you look back.

Life’s point of no return.

— Dag Hammarskjold
U.N. Secretary General (1905-1961)

Whatever you are, be a good one!


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Never measure the height of a mountain until you have reached the top. Then you will see how low it was” [Dag Hammarskjold].

While making the three-hour trip to Thanksgiving dinner last week, I noticed a road sign I had not seen before.  It was your typical yellow diamond-shaped warning sign which read, “Hill Blocks View.”

And while the road we were on was quite narrow and unlined, and the sign appeared at the bottom of a hill, the terrain wasn’t what I would call treacherous, nor was the hill especially steep. I guess the sign was present simply to notify drivers that the hill created a blind spot.

I mentioned the sign during lunch and my sister said, “That’s what hills do, they block the view.  Why in the world would they need a sign to alert drivers?”

And, that started me thinking about why, indeed, you would need a sign at this location to state the obvious.

Perhaps the sign was present specifically because the hill didn’t appear to be dangerous. I wondered how many drivers, without a reminder to use caution, went flying over the hill only to experience a disastrous encounter with a piece of slow-moving farm equipment or stopped school bus or other unexpected obstacle.

Each of us encounters hills that block our view of the future. It is not unusual to encounter similar challenges over and over — they may not appear especially difficult or dangerous or out of the ordinary, but at that moment they are all we can see.  And because they block our view of what could be, we accept them as permanent and insurmountable. In reality, however, if we keep going, they become temporary obstacles which dissolve away as we continue our climb toward the summit.

Don’t become discouraged. Don’t stop. The hill in front of you, the one that is blocking your view, is not meant to be your future.

If you keep going, you’ll be able to see your future from the top of the hill. I guarantee the view will be worth the effort!

It’s the constant and determined effort that breaks down all resistance and sweeps away all obstacles [Claude M. Bristol].

Whatever you are, be a good one!


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Never look down to test the ground before taking your next step; only those who keep their eye fixed on the far horizon will find their right road” [Dag Hammarskjold].

You completed the research. You spoke with the experts. You designed the plan. You assumed the risk. You gathered your confidence and made your move.

Today you are facing in the direction of your dreams. You can see your destiny way out there, in the distance. It may appear to be a little speck on the horizon to others, but in your mind it glows bright with possibility.

You take one step. And then another. Each day you make progress.  At times, the progress is simply that you didn’t move backward. Other times there are small steps. Some days there are leaps and bounds. You cannot be deterred; you keep your eye on the prize because it glows bright with possibility.

Your family cheers you on.
You write about it in your journal.
You discuss it with friends over lunch.
You print it out in fancy script and frame it for your office.
You print encouragement on notes and scatter them throughout your life.
You are going to do THIS!

There will be days when the winds blow. The storm clouds gather. The journey becomes difficult. The bank account is small. The choices too many.  DON’T LOOK DOWN!

You can look down at the distractions or remain focused on where you want to go. You can stumble over the disappointments or continue confidently toward your future. The choice is yours.

When the frustrations mount, take time to recall the moment when you decided to do this. When the passion was fierce. The energy was high. Your gaze was focused on the goal . . . which was bright with possibility.

Encourage yourself. Don’t look down. Remain focused on the goal. You can do this!

“By prevailing over all obstacles and distractions, one may unfailingly arrive at his chosen goal or destination” [Christopher Columbus].

What are you looking at?

Whatever you are, be a good one!


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