#1 & #9 of ten

  1. Keep the faith.

If you know me, then you will have read a Quote of the Day or two.  Or three.  

Well, here is one of my absolute favorites, from Harriet Beecher Stowe:

“When you get into a tight place and everything goes against you until it seems that you cannot hold on for a minute longer, never give up then, for that is just the place and time when the tide will turn.”  

In the course of living, things can get hairy. You may find yourself in that one especially tight place.  Or, more than one.  All at once.   

And more often than one cares to admit, you may desperately seek the exits.  Look for an escape route.  Give up on things a little too early.

Quitting just moments in advance of the turning tide.  

Of this, I know.


But experience can be a great teacher.  And as Ms. Stowe implies, it only “seems” that you cannot hold on for a minute longer.

“Seems”  is entirely subjective.  

So  if you buckle and  allow circumstances to rule the day, then “seems”  can make the transition and become doubt.  

And your doubts will only betray you.   

So, never give up.

Especially  then.  

Because that only seems to be the  way out.  

Despite the fact that it is precisely  the place and time when the tide will turn.

"Rock, Hard Place" Road Sign with dramatic clouds and sky.

  1. Let it be.

A great song by the Fab Four.

And what can be an intentional course of action in the face of overwhelming adversity.

Sometimes one can become so intent on fixing things, that a  hurried and harried attempt at repair can lead to further destruction.

Even irreparable harm.  

So fight the reflexive urge.  

And let it be.

Sometimes, time needs itself.  

Needs to put some distance between the here, the now and what will be.  Time needs  to work its wonders.


A most difficult situation to overcome when it seems that you have to do something.


Sort of what Ms. Stowe was describing.

So let go.


And let it be.  

Allow  your emotions to subside.

Recenter yourself.

Then discern your best path forward.

And through. 


Author: Mark J. Hahn

"To be there when the light goes on." Those few, powerful words, succinctly sum up my quest as a coach. That is really what it is all about. This is precisely what drives me. To have good fortune shine upon me briefly so that I can be present at that very moment. The instant of revelation. When the years of heavy lifting results in it making sense for someone else. The almost audible “click”, followed instantaneously by an unmistakable incandescence. The illumination that can only accompany accomplishment. To see bean in the eyes, the look on the face, a change in stature and the air of confidence overtake and envelope the protoge, the “project” or the late bloomer. That is why I am in it. There may never be a stat for achieving those kinds of victories. But it is by far the most important “w” I will ever achieve.

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