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So what is PUSH, you ask?  Well, it's my personal mantra.  It all started with this post written 100 days after losing my husband.

It's an acronym for:
“Perseverance Unleashed, Strength Harnessed”

Because for me, in the moments when I need a push it’s about unleashing the power within myself in order to persevere. It’s about harnessing emotional, physical, and spiritual strength to survive.

I've discovered through this grief journey that I have to continually push myself to keep going.  I have to continually push my own boundaries in order to grow as a person.  Push has become my personal philosophy.

It’s about pushing myself to take my life back. To not be defined wholly by the fact that I am his widow. It's about living in the moment and accepting it for what it is. Not wishing it was something different. It's surrendering to the fact that I don’t know what tomorrow holds, or the next day, or the day after that- but it doesn’t really matter anyway. What matters is being present and engaged with my children, being true to myself, accepting the blessing of being alive- right now.

Sometimes we just need a little push, sometimes we need a big push. Sometimes we push ourselves, and sometimes we need others to push us. Sometimes life pushes us- forcing us to reevaluate who we are, grow and change into something new, and come out on the other side enlightened and better for it. Life doesn't settle for status quo! We can't become better, greater, more self-aware people if we don't push ourselves to do more, achieve more, BE more.

Each day I make the choice to push myself. The question is...

Have you pushed yourself today?