To Have and to Hold
The more you have, the more you have to lose.
We all know the phrase. We all know the feeling.
For some, it is a roadblock at the starting block. I’m the other type. The type that sets goals and confronts challenges head-on. The type that assumes success is within reach, and makes it so.
…and then realizes that all I’ve gained can also be lost.
It’s the curse of the wealthy, to fear a stock market crash. The curse of the beautiful, to fear the ravages of age. The curse of the athlete, to fear debilitating injury. The curse of the beloved, to fear rejection. The curse of the lover, to fear loss.
Fear is a crippling thing. Too often, it fulfills its own prophecy. Some fear failure, and so never begin. Others achieve, then become so focused on guarding their gains that they forget to progress and — worse! — lose track of the who they are that got them where they are.
Don’t let it happen. Consider what is going nowhere, or going south, in your life. Consider why. If the answer is fear, cast it off.
Success, like roses, blooms by season. What is the point of cultivating rose bushes if you spend all summer dreading the fall? Walk among the blossoms. Forget tomorrow, and today will be enough.
The more you have, the more you have.