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The Little Engine That Just Keeps Going

I think I can! Can I?

“Free-form blogging” weekly can feel a lot

more like I’m “free-fall blogging.”

Every week there is a blank screen for me

to write about anything I want to.

That initially felt really exhilarating.

Now it’s feeling a bit intimidating.

I don’t always have a plan…

And all this got me thinking about how I

approach a lot of things.

Despite the fact that my website is named

SanzPlans, I have a confession to make…

I don’t always have a plan!

Yep, I have been known to occasionally

leap before I look.

Other times not only do I not have a plan,

I don’t have a clue.

Some days I don’t even have the optimism

to be like that courageous guy from the story

The Little Engine That Could who kept saying

“I think I can, I think I can, I think I can!”

I believe I will, I believe I will, I believe I will!

Okay, so maybe I don’t always “think I can.”

Instead, I’m like a made-up character I like to call

The Little Engine That Just Keeps Going…

who just keeps chugging along without knowing

where it’s going, or even why it’s going anymore.

It’s just that there’s still track ahead and as long

as there’s track ahead, it just keeps on chugging.

Not exactly hopeful, but surely not hopeless.

Not expecting anything, really.

Open to whatever is up ahead and around the bend,

trusting it will arrive at an interesting destination.

It’s only job is to just keep moving forward.

This little engine’s mantra?

I believe I will, I believe I will, I believe I will.

(Said with a slight British accent and convincing

expression, after some careful thought and a

nice hot cup of tea.)

Moving forward is keeping the faith…

I take this quote by Madelaine Albright to heart:

“I was taught to strive not because there were any

guarantees of success but because the act of striving is

in itself the only way to keep faith with life.”

On those days when you can’t see two feet ahead of you,

you don’t know where the track is taking you,

maybe you don’t even want to keep chugging along…

none of that really matters.

What really matters is that you keep moving forward.

Keep Faith With Life

Moving forward is keeping faith with life.

And I believe that if you keep faith with life,

it will keep faith with you in the end.

If you’ve had a really trying week,

month, year, decade, or even a lifetime…

what really matters is that you just

keep moving forward.

You can do it an inch at a time,

at whatever pace you can muster.

You can stop and rest whenever you need to.

Simply know that you are making a defining

statement about your life when you say

“I believe I will, I believe I will, I believe I will.”

You can be the engine that just keeps going.



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