Rise above!

If you attempt to rise from the chalk line that many have drawn around you, there will always be those who snicker behind your back. They will fail to believe it is possible, despite all evidence to the contrary. Cast aside, any notion of changing their minds and do not waste an ounce of energy in the attempt.

Focus instead, on those who support and applaud your efforts, for their encouragement is fuel for the body and mind. They are your people, and you must remain fiercely loyal and equally supportive. In this age of a shrinking world, they could be across the table, or across the ocean. You will never find them until you step boldly outside those imaginary limits you and others have set.

Life is short. Today I challenge you to sweep away that antiquated outline made of dust and follow your dream. Do not let the fear, self-doubt, or the criticism of the pessimists’ chip away your resolve. Celebrate every accomplishment, no matter how small. Remember that cathedrals were built by many stones stacked one upon another.





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Born and raised on a farm near Brockville, Ontario, Mark Bierman's childhood consisted of chores, riding horses, snowmobile races across open fields, fishing trips to a local lake, and many other outdoor adventures. He was also an avid reader of both fiction and non. Transitioning towards adulthood also meant moving from the farm and into large urban areas that introduced this country boy to life in the big cities. After a short stint as a private investigator, he moved into the role of Correctional Officer, working at both Millhaven Institution and Kingston Penitentiary, until it closed.

28 thoughts on “Rise above!”

  1. This is truly inspiring. I also say that no matter what your age, be open to learning new things, too, no matter how small. I will attempt to make divinity candy for the first time this coming holiday!

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      1. Mark i like this: focus instead on those who support and applaud your efforts,for their encouragement is fuel for the body and mind…
        We have a choice here: to be with those who encourage us, a study was conducted,one of the longest study, for over 100years,this funding discovered that people are happier and live much longer(longevity) when they stay close to the people who love them and their family.

        We tend to move ahead better and faster in life when we stay close with people who encourage us.

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