Purposefully Living

Motivational Message

Vol 1., No. 8
December 3, 2002 Edition


When All Else Fails -- Reach Within
By Audrina Jones Bunton

I was born and raised into a deep-rooted Christian family, and during my childhood, my father pastored one of the largest churches in the Sandhills area of Pinehurst, North Carolina. I was quite active in the church as a Sunday school secretary, choir member, etc.

Being in front of audiences may have been the norm for my seven siblings and me, but certainly not always easy.

I vividly remember one day when our sizeable choir was having rehearsal. As we practiced, my desire was to lead a particular song. But obviously, other choir members had someone else in mind and untiringly opposed my desire. My immediate reaction was -- "maybe I can't do this." Outside sources were overshadowing and I felt like a fish in a sea of hungry sharks.

I stood there, a young teen, attempting to lead this song, but to no avail. To no avail, because others' expectations of what I could or could not do, initially dominated my thinking.

I must admit, I was a bit nervous and overtaken with fear, but somehow, my desire conquered the fear and self-doubt. In their minds, I was not the person to lead this song. In my mind -- I was.

After the microphone was placed in the hand of the other girl -- to the surprise of the opposing choir members -- she could not deliver. The microphone was placed back into my hands -- and to the amazement of everyone -- against all odds -- I triumphed. Why? Because I knew, I could.

You too -- have the inner strength -- the inner power to triumph. It matters not what others say or think -- only what you say and only what you think. You will be amazed at the power that lies within you -- the power that has been within YOU from your very existence -- when you reach within.

Always remember -- when all else fails -- reach within.

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Think About It!!
"No one can make you feel inferior without your consent." -- Eleanor Roosevelt

"A man must be obedient to the promptings of his innermost heart." -- Robertson Davies "

"Think you're escaping and run into yourself. Longest way round is the shortest way home." -- James Joyce


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