I’m the first to admit, I’m a little bit overprotective with my kids in some areas and probably a little under protective in others. One of the things I’ve been quietly overprotective about is the Harry Potter book series. But we’ve recently tiptoed into the mystical world created by JK Rowling.
If there’s something I love about the series, it’s the wise Professor Dumbledore.
Isn’t it interesting, how the protagonists in our stories always seem to meet a wise guide who whispers profound wisdom at just the right moment? In Harry Potter, Professor Dumbledore is the wise guide. He doesn’t make Harry’s choices for him, but he always seems to be there, ready with wisdom and guidance at his precise moment of need.
In one particular moment, when Harry isn’t feeling confident about his ability, Dumbledore leans in to enlighten him,
It is not our abilities that show what we truly are. It is our choices.
~ Dumbledore, JK Rowling
In January of 2015, a couple of wise guides (Winnie Kao & Seth Godin) partnered up to challenge me (and thousands of others) to write a blog every day for seven days. I didn’t have the ability. I had only written maybe 8 – 10 blogs over the two previous years. . . and they weren’t great.
But the challenge was the choice.
The choice to show up every day for one week to face the blank screen. So I did it. And here we are, sixteen months and 320 blogs later. I’m still choosing to write this blog. (albeit only five days a week) And I’ve learned a lot about who I truly am as a result.
I wonder if you need to hear that today.
Whatever you’re facing, wherever you’re going, whatever you’re dreaming of,. . . your ability is not what matters most.
It’s your choices.
What will you choose to do?
It’s entirely up to you.
to more love,