Where There’s a Will There’s a Way…???

Lost in the woods


This old English proverb is assertive and well-meaning, but claiming that mind can always rule over matter is true only some of the time. There are times when we don’t have the will;sometimes we lose our way. Then, what do we do?


One of the best blues artists ever, Etta James, had a hard road to plow. Born to a 14 year old mother and a father that disappeared, she was a fierce survivor and though she became famous, she struggled with both will and finding her way.


Sometimes we have the will, but getting from where we are to where we want to be can be a lifetime of zigs and zags, and as Etta would say, “a series of one night stands”.


Being willing to take steps and risks even when the road ahead looks dark and scary is what successful people do. Their journey consistently involves commitment. You have to set aside other possible courses of action, being clear about what you want life to look like for YOU. When something or someone tries to pull you off your path, dig deep and renew your commitment to what you know is the path to your own happiness. 


Next time you are singing the blues about what to do and how to do it, remember Etta James. She may have felt many times that she didn’t know the way, but she always knew she had the will. Find yours deep inside and go for the gusto!

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