Suffocating while Just Getting By

Wake up, tired. Just another day. Didn’t finish what needed to be done before bed. Stressed, hit the snooze button three times. Don’t want to wake up, but eventually do. Rushed to school or work, got there right on time. Tried to blend in. Didn’t ask any questions, didn’t share any ideas. Wasn’t the leader of the group project. Everything is a hassle. A feeling of almost annoyance lingers. Leaves right as the day is over, not a minute late.

Okay, maybe that’s a little extreme! But, we’ve seen it before. Maybe it’s not everyday, but maybe it’s some, or most?

photo 1

not her first try climbing the wall

When did ‘just getting by’ become the goal in life? We do the absolute minimum work required. We settle for the ‘D’ to pass. We show up because we have to. We only give 60%. We do as little as possible. Are we really living the dream?

Why do we believe doing the bare minimum is good enough? There must be another way to live besides striving for mediocre.

We believe the lie if we give 100% and fail, then we are a failure. But the truth is, we are going to fail. Soon enough, it’s going to happen, and it will happen again, and again, and there’s no way of stopping it.

deep breath!

deep breath!

By setting the bar low, we leave no possibility to reach greatness!

Be not afraid of greatness: Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and some have greatness thrust upon them.
-William Shakespeare

There is no use taking pride in something we only gave 60% effort in! Yet, we wonder why we have no motivation. No child ever showed their parent a project, with gleaming eyes, after only giving 60%. Those are the projects we stuff in the garbage. We think to ourselves, “well it’s done.”

photo 2

she did it!

We can learn a lot from children. They aren’t afraid to fail yet. They do everything full speed, and when they fail, they get frustrated, or cry, or find a hug. Then they try again. Eventually they succeed, and how amazing is that beautiful face, gleaming with accomplishment!

Life doesn’t have to be mundane. We can thrive. We don’t have to suffocate anymore. We can choose to be enthusiastic. We might surprise ourselves at the joy that comes along!

photo3editGo look in the mirror, my friend, greatness is staring back.

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18 Responses to Suffocating while Just Getting By

  1. deepbluesandseafoamgreens says:

    You’re a brilliant motivational speaker 🙂 and gorgeous pics 🙂

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  2. beingeternal says:

    Wow! One more inspiringly thoughtful post. If this is living dream, then we are living the wrong dream that is not meant for us. Living is always burdensome when it is not kindled with passion. The most important thing is to love what you do and then live it fully. Thanks for sharing such inspiration Emily. Lots of Love.

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  3. Natalie Brenner says:

    You beautiful soul. Love seeing that little girl. Thank you for sharing your heart.


  4. Lori says:

    Always love reading your posts…but you already know that. 🙂 The freedom to fail….this allows us to try new things….cook something different, lead something we never have, try a new hobby. We will fail, but that’s how we learn and grow…it doesn’t have to define us, in fact, it truly doesn’t define us. That’s freeing indeed. My identity is not in never failing, my identity is in Christ. Oh to remember that daily! For that to sink deeper and deeper and deeper still into my heart!
    Night night Emily!

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    • lightthelie says:

      Thank you so much Lori! Oh yes, the freedom to fail! Especially in the kitchen 🙂 haha my poor husband! Someday I will make delicious meals all the time. It’s so easy to forget where our identity lies. Spending time with Jesus is so important to keep our gaze on Him and to remember how He thinks about us. Oh what a glorious freedom we live in. ❤ Thank you for your presence on my blog and for all of the encouragement! I really appreciate you!


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