What Do You Do?

“The only difference between a wish and a prayer is that you’re at the mercy of the universe for the first, and you’ve got some help with the second.”  – Jodi Picoult

Imagine that you’re stuck.  You want to move, you can see the place where you want to be.  It’s nice there.  You can see that the atmosphere is better, clearer, and you can just imagine how things will be.

But you’re stuck.  Your feet are in cement, and no matter what you do, you just can’t seem to get out.


What do you do?

People keep saying to you “You really need to do something about this,” and you know that already, and you’re trying with all your might to get your feet out of the cement but they just won’t move.  Nada.  Zip. Zilch.  They just won’t budge.

Now some days, you feel like you’re making progress.  You can wiggle your toes, and even slightly move your leg.  That’s great and all.  It even looks promising but have you really made any progress?  Your feet are still stuck in the cement.

So seriously, what do you do?

This is how I’m feeling right now.  I feel like my feet are in cement blocks.  The life I have planned for me and my daughter, the one that I’m working towards is within reach, but I just can’t grasp it.  I can’t stretch quite enough to get a hold because my feet are stuck in the cement, and it just might be getting away.  I’m questioned all the time about what I’m doing, what’s going on and I’m at the point that I honestly don’t know how to answer.  I’m trying to keep the flame burning, I’m trying to steam ahead, but what happens when the flame burns out and the steam fades?  Then what?


Right now, I’m doing the only thing that I’ve recently learned to do.  I’m praying to God.  I’m praying for help.  I’m praying for a miracle.  And I’m praying for others to pray for us too.

Please say a little prayer.


Thank you.

8 thoughts on “What Do You Do?

  1. Donna says:

    “The life I have planned for me and my daughter, the one that I’m working towards is within reach, but I just can’t grasp it.”
    Have you considered that maybe this is playing out the way it is suppose to? I have found at times that just “being” and “breathing” in the moment is what I needed. No grasping. Let things fall into your lap. Pay attention to what falls. Just know, it may not be that for which you have been grasping.

  2. Vanessa says:

    I read this before going to bed last night and I have been thinking about it ever since. I mean this in the best possible way – you need to give yourself a break – stop trying to improve and strive for better things. Take time to just be, be who you are right now in this moment. You have been through a lot in the last few years – the loss of a loved one, end of a marriage, being unemployed, starting a new job, an ill child – that is A LOT to handle all at once. You have also had happy, inspiring, great moments as well. Try to just be and enjoy – sometimes good enough is good enough for now. Wait until inspiration and new energy strike, don’t try to force change or improvements. Enjoy your life for what it is, it will never be perfect. Enjoy your daughter, your sister, your mom, your friends. Don’t be disappointed because things don’t turn out the way you envisioned – they rarely do. Laugh at the mistakes and enjoy the happy, unexpected, unplanned moments that take your breath away. Sometimes self-improvement causes more trouble than it solves. I hope this helps even a little.

    • Smartie Knows says:

      Vanessa, you have no idea how much you have helped. Your words brought tears to my eyes. I have been so used to pushing forward that I never realised that maybe I’m stuck because I just need a break. Thank you! Hugs.

  3. erica Thomas says:

    I understand exactly how u feel cause i feel the same. Its quite frustrating! But i have learned to rely on Jehovah God. Sometimes i forget that i am not alone and that i do have the most powerful being in my corner. It is a struggle but prayer is the answer

  4. Lalo says:

    Donna, Vanessa and Erica said it all. Wise ladies.
    God is always there and prayers are usually answered in His time and way.
    It’s then up to us to listen, so we must be still or we won’t hear.


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