Whatever She Tackles, She Conquers

“What she tackles, she conquers.” – Richard Gilmore

IMG_8112It can be hard to remain positive when you feel like you’ve been surrounded by the grimness of reality. Even though it is taking a lot for me to resist some pessimism from creeping in, I’m trying my best to get rid of it this week because, I know, whatever I tackle, I’ll conquer. After all, my wine glass says it…why shouldn’t I believe it? 

For a while, I haven’t felt like my normal happy self. In fact, I’m quite exhausted and run down from some of the things that have been thrown my way. The more I think about it though, the more I realize that certain challenges are not making me stronger. They are conquering me. I’ve identified several problems that are the source of my unhappiness. Part of me wanted to believe that if I just sucked it up and dealt with the situations, that they would just get figured out on their own. Unfortunately, life doesn’t work like that.

My health is starting to feel the toll now. Instead of feeling bad about everything, I’m starting to use it as a learning experience. My life can be anything I want it to be. If I don’t want to be a pile of stress that constantly feels like I’m coming undone at the seams, then I need to prioritize some things.

When I poured myself a glass of Stella Rosa on Friday night, I had every intention of relaxing and unwinding. Believe it or not, I followed through with my promises. It was a beautiful thing to sit on the couch, drink some rosé, and watch my favorite Netflix shows. I accomplished a few tasks and let every other worry dissipate.

The more I read the quote on my glass, the more I realized that I get to choose what I tackle. If other things are starting to tackle me, then – plain and simple – I can put them to rest. Other people do not get to choose my obstacles, though some have done a fine job of putting plenty in my way. It is still up to me to determine my course and plan.

Instead of letting stress eat me alive, I’m going to start addressing the challenges that are only going to add value to my life. My accomplishments are going to be defined by the choices I make for myself.

I refuse to let other people or other things occupy a greater space in my mind than deserved. Here’s to cultivating our passions and tackling tasks that reveal the warriors inside ourselves. And, as always, here’s to good wine! 🍾

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