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Grit: The Inner Buffalo

Grit is another word for perseverance. It’s a gut-level strength to embrace challenges even and especially when we feel vulnerable, because of a heart-level knowing that there is no success without risk.

Grit is getting out of your own way… and into the long game of your dreams.

“How many times have you had an idea that excited you and inspired all types of possibilities, until your mind came in and convinced you of all the reasons you couldn’t do it? When that happens you can truly feel yourself split in two. One of you is listening to opportunity, one of you is listening to fear. You can feel the opportunity in your body and you can feel the fear in your mind.”

-Kyle Cease, I Hope I Screw This Up

In 2015, Rory Vaden, NYT bestselling author of Take the Stairs, illustrated this with a comparison of cow and buffalo responses to an approaching storm. Essentially, cows try to run away, but they’re slow and the storm catches up with them, while buffalo wait for the perfect timing and then charge directly into it, which minimizes the storm’s effect on them. Vaden wrote:

We don’t always get to choose whether or not we have storms. The only choice we get to have is how we respond to those storms. And more specifically, when we respond to those storms.”

What situation or decision has offered you an opportunity to summon grit?

Hugs,

Sadie

Recommended reading, Vaden’s article: Be the buffalo and face life’s storms

Recommended viewing: Brené Brown: The Call to Courage | Netflix

Photo: BUFFALO: grounded yet heavenly, practical yet spiritual. The hooves of the mighty Buffalo are grounded in the earth, yet its heart and mind rise toward heaven. The Buffalo sees challenge, hardship, or a bump in the road as an opportunity for upliftment. Therefore, the Buffalo does not fear death, illness, or misfortune…its gentle eyes look to the road ahead, trusting every turn. May we all experience this elusive yet life-changing bliss from time to time, and may we allow this card to remind us that life is a precious gift. When in balance: trusting, pure presence. When out of balance: restless, lacks gratitude. To bring into balance: prayer, shakti. -from The Wild Unknown Animal Spirit deck by Kim Krans COMMIT TO YOUR PATH: Make a decision. Move forward toward your goals. Perseverance. COURAGE: Risk. Take on the challenge. Feel discomfort but move forward. Don’t let fear stifle your growth. -from Soul Trees Self-Discovery cards by Allyson Williams-Yee

UBUNTU: I am, because we are.

I’m ba-ack! Welcome to my blog reboot!

My new monthly blog will feature brief, positive messages to inspire readers towards their dreams. It is only fitting that my first month’s theme is UBUNTU.

Ubuntu is a Nguni Bantu (South Africa) term meaning “humanity”. It is often translated as “I am because we are,” or “humanity towards others”. For decades, leaders like Desmond Tutu and Nelson Mandela spread the profound message of Ubuntu as a philosophical belief in a “universal bond of sharing that connects all humanity”.

For me, Ubuntu is the reciprocal love and encouragement of my family and friends. It is the mutual optimism, fierce cheerleading, and honest feedback exchanges with my fellow ScreenwritingU alums. It is my amazing Kickstarter supporters who wholeheartedly believed in a first-time author.

It’s the thrill of March Madness and cheering for my alma mater. It was singing in unity with the echelon family at last summer’s Thirty Seconds to Mars Chicago concert. It is the friend who listened to my deluge of tears when I hit a major obstacle (a few, actually).

Everyone needs to feel seen and heard, which is why I often start conversations with total strangers in public. It’s also the reason I bake and share 200+ cookies with my neighbors every December. What if I’m the only person they talk to that day? We’re instantly connected by technology, but we’re connecting less in person and I believe this disconnection can erode empathy, both on the individual and societal level. I particularly enjoyed a recent article in Yes! Magazine about the benefits of connecting with our neighbors even when we believe we don’t like social interaction.

It is my sincere hope that my future readers and movie audiences will see themselves reflected in my stories. I’d love to be part of the reason that people spend quality, in-person time together again. Who are you spending time with this month? Thanks for connecting with me.

Hugs,
Sadie

Please pardon the dust

After taking a long break, I’ve decided I want to shift the focus of my blog to better reflect my writing goals. Consequently, I’ve “unpublished” six years’ worth of posts while I figure out which ones are relevant to my new focus.

Thank you for your patience and understanding. My blog will be rebooted by April 1, 2019. The website remodel should be complete by August 1, 2019.

~Sadie

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