Just as I've promised in the past, that "The Bumpy Ride" is not becoming an all scrapbooking blog, an all soccer blog, an all politics blog, an all feet blog; (I know; I can't believe that's something that I've actually had to promise; but there had been quite a few posts about my feet; so I felt that I had to provide assurances at the time, that there would be other topics in the near future;) but I digress. Yes, I know; I digress a lot; hence the name "The BUMPY Ride." Anyway, in addition to all of the things I've assured you were not becoming the main focus of my blog; you can now add to the list, quotes; as I promise that this is not becoming an all quotes blog; BUT, (you knew there was a but, didn't you?) BUT, today I took a quick look at quotes to find one for my Facebook status, and in no time, I found one that made A LOT of sense to me; so I posted, "Behold the turtle. He makes progress only when he sticks his neck out."
- James Bryant Conant
I have to tell you, in case you don't already know; I am one who is CONSTANTLY sticking their neck out. And, though it's sad to say; I'm starting to question if I can endure the criticism and trouble that I all too often experience, when doing so. Well earlier today I would have replied "NO," to that question. I felt beat down. I felt frustrated. I felt sad, I second guessed myself and I was anxious; very anxious; and I thought to myself "this isn't worth it." I thought "maybe it's time for someone else to volunteer. For someone else to subject themselves to being misunderstood when they had nothing but the best intentions;" BUT; that's just not me. It's my nature to help. As difficult as things can be made for me; is as much as I feel the need to provide assistance when it's needed; and that's why, being reminded about the turtle sticking its neck out, had such a profound affect on me.
So, just like the turtle; I will continue on my path. I will be true to myself; but I will also tread a lot more cautiously, a lot more carefully; a lot more quietly; and I will learn from each experience.
Till next time...
Queen of EVERYTHING