You Are Not Your Problems

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  • It’s an overcast Spring day in Montana, as I’m sitting here by the lake watching the wind create waves on the surface of the water. Clouds are blowing by, slowly. Patches of blue sky can be seem intermittently through the passing clouds. It’s dark, gray and a bit dreary. Raindrops are beginning to fall. If I were just looking at my immediate surroundings it could be quite depressing.
    But… in the distance I can see the sun shining brilliantly on a mountain peak. Just at that one place, the clouds part, the mountain breaks through and the peak glows in all its splendor. Unless you’re looking for the mountain it would be easy to miss, amongst all of the gray doom and gloom in front of me.

    Just like in life, so many times we focus on what’s around us, get stuck in the clouds and forget that our shimmering mountain top waits for us behind the gray.
    We start to believe that we are our problems.

    Yet, above the clouds our dream is still shining in the sunlight. By focusing on the dream, the winds of change can make the clouds disappear. By focusing on what we want- rather than what seems to be showing up on our path, we’ll reach the mountain top sooner.

    For today, rather than looking AT the clouds, look THROUGH them to the light above. That’s the real you. You are not your problems. You are not the clouds.

    Remember that your mountain peak- your dream- is basking in the light. Focus on that and soon you’ll be standing on the top of the mountain with the warmth of the sun on your face. Ah, doesn’t that feel good? 🙂

    Gail Lynne Goodwin

    Gail Lynne Goodwin is the founder of, bringing the best inspiration to the world. provides free inspiration, each day from a new Inspirational Luminary, to a global community of folks from over 150 countries. Gail has interviewed many well-known names including Sir Richard Branson, Guy Laliberte, Seth Godin, Tony Hseih, Gary Vaynerchuk, Michael Gerber, Marci Shimoff, Jack Canfield and hundreds more. According to Mashable, Gail was one of 2009's Top 25 Most Inspirational People on Twitter. Prior to, Gail spent several years as manager for her recording artist daughter, Carly. As a result of the success of their co-penned song, "Baby Come Back Home", Gail accompanied her daughter to bases in the US and to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba where Carly performed for our troops. Gail and Carly created the 'World's Longest Letter' of love and support and delivered the 18-mile long scroll on a month-long tour of Iraq and the Persian Gulf in 2006. Gail is excited to present her latest course, Love in 21 Days, a step-by-step guide to finding love online. Love in 21 Days is founded on a logical process that has been tested - and proven! - by not only Gail, but also by students around the world who too have found love. Gail is a published author and a regular writer for the Huffington Post. She offers mentoring and mastermind services to clients worldwide from her home in Whitefish, Montana. Follow Gail on Twitter or Google+.

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    1. Sam
      Sam says:

      You are so right about how we “start to believing we our problems”. I seams life has become nothing but our problems, we forget the good thing we have. We must not only remember to keep focusing on our dreams, but also take the time to look back at what we have accomplished & the good we have in our life, be them big or small.
      Trying to give Thanks and gratitude for what I have & relish in what I’ve accomplished, is the only way keeps me going through the bad times
      Hugs !!!

      Sam 🙂


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