It Takes a Village

Photo Credit: Mark Gonzalez

      I use to think that the road to success was a one man victory. But I’m learning more and more that no one reaches any sort of lasting success without an amazing support team around them.

     I mean, this morning, upon waking up, I received one of thee most encouraging text messages from one of my dear friends and writing accountability partner/encourager. I’m well aware that trying to write over the weekend is quite the task for me, at times almost impossible.  And I’ve finally admitted to myself, that I can’t do this on my own. And now, I don’t think I want to.

     There’s something to be said about sharing a victory rather than hoarding it and trying to own it single-handedly.

     And then I think about how that not only applies to my short-term goal of writing 30 posts in 30 days, but how it applies to my romance journey thus far.

     I cannot tell you how many girlfriends who have let me cry on their shoulders, how many amazingly kindhearted prayer warriors wept with me in the midst of my heartbreak and disappoint and how many of you dear readers have put up with hearing me talk about my fruitless crushes over the last few years.

     But this has made all the difference. 

     And it will make my romance victory that much sweeter.

     However, even in the trenches, I’m experiencing love and healing and growth—in ways that I didn’t even know that I needed.

     But if you feel like you are in the trenches alone, chances are, you are.

     But you don’t have to be.

     Communication is a two-way street. You must be willing to let the people in your life, your inner circle know what’s really going on with you. Yes, I know, there’s a challenge already presented in this, the challenge of being humble and flat out real.

     But this is vital. Absolutely vital.

     And if your inner circle isn’t capable of being a true support system, it’s time to reevaluate who you are actually calling “friend” in your circle of relationships. 

     And  it’s okay, everyone is not meant to be in your inner circle, but someone should be.

     We were not meant to thrive alone.

     We were meant to thrive together.

Wisdom’s Knocking:

“I alone cannot change the world,
but I can cast a stone across the waters to create many ripples.”

- Mother Theresa