80% of life is just showing up...
Don't know that that quote is accurate - or whether he said "80% of success" or "80% of life" as I found both quotes represented & attributed to him. By him. But I digress.
The events of a life surrounded by people lead me to ponder - - many people don't show up. And/or they don't follow through. Why?
Maybe its a fear of failure that causes them to disqualify themselves or remove themselves from the process they're in, in advance. Not measuring up. Being rejected.
Perhaps its just a symptom - not showing up is just the result of someone that never intended to show up in the first place, but that didn't have the wherewithal or the fortitude to say so on the front end - (a by product of "fear of man" aka - people pleasing. Meaning - I'll commit to do, try, be a part of something though I have no intention of following through, because I don't know how to tell you no... And it will be so much easier on the other side of this if I just make an excuse as why I couldn't make it...")
I subscribe to the belief that life is a process - & one of the things that keeps me going when everything in me wants to quit, roll up in a ball in my darkened closet with the door shut, & hide behind my pile of old sweatshirts is the encouragement of Galatians 6 -
Those who live to please the Spirit will harvest everlasting life from the Spirit. So don’t get tired of doing what is good. Don’t get discouraged and give up, for we will reap a harvest of blessing at the appropriate time.
And so I will keep going. I will show up. I will follow through. And if for some reason I don't, & I fall down, I will get back up, dust off, & keep going.