In the late 1800s, Robert Butchart began excavating limestone from a quarry behind the home where he and his wife, Jennie, lived. When all the limestone was extracted, all that remained was a huge, ugly, expansive hole in the ground.
But Jennie was not willing to let it lay there discarded, ugly, and debased. With the help of architects and landscapers, topsoil from neighboring farmland was brought in and a beautiful design created.
We, too, have our personal gravel pits — those places where we feel scarred and flawed. How can we transform our seemingly hopeless situations into satisfying, productive and pleasing futures?
Read on to find out…
What is in your gravel pit?
Everyone has a gravel pit of some kind in their background, whether it is the scars from childhood or the constant disappointment and despair in the present.
It may be the result of continuous scolding as a kid growing up with little encouragement. Perhaps there were constant comparisons with others or name-calling by other kids. Perhaps you were given a nickname that was hurtful or belittling.
When we take time to examine what is in our gravel pit, we can heal old wounds and replace negative self-talk with affirming statements.
Today on my blog and podcast, I’ll walk you through a five-question exercise that will help you examine the things that keep you from achieving your goals.