RSVP – “Don’t worry – I believe in you”

Hey you! yes YOU…. the person reading my blog— I have a short story for you and then an ask. I have a question that I would really like your feedback on to take with me on my Pulse journey. You dig it? So here’s my story….

I was ordering my 3rd cup of coffee the other day at the coffee kiosk in GSK. I was exhausted and it was only 10am. How was I ever going to be productive and “on” in accomplishing all my transitioning goals? And if I’m this tired now how will I ever keep up with my Pulse partner? As I I started to vocalize all my internal thoughts… bad habit of mine….. all of a sudden out of no where, the new coffee guy says to me “Don’t worry…. I believe in you.” And then he walked away to go on doing his work. “Don’t worry… I believe in you” I turned to the person behind me and asked if I heard him correctly. The woman behind me nodded and said “Well those are some powerful words you don’t get to hear every day”.

I put my coffee down and felt an immediate sense of purpose, energy, and focus. How easy it can be to get selfishly caught up in your own discouraging thoughts. When thinking about what to blog this week, I kept going back to what that man at the coffee shop said “Don’t worry…. I believe in you.” “Don’t worry…. I believe in you” Six simple words when strung together had the power to shift my entire mindset for the day and even now continues to reverberate in my mind when I start worrying over the change I’m muddling through.

So I wonder – what words, quotes, phrases has someone said to you at the right moment in your life during ‘transitional’ times where you felt ‘moved?

This is the part where you share your wisdom with me 🙂 Now, go…. write below, seriously. I’ll be taking all the ideas posted in a little box with me on my journey so when I’m feeling a little skeptical of my own strength, I will tap into words that have worked for you, my readers!

Thank you in advance for coming along with me….


  1. Fighting for what you want, versus what you believe in, is drastically different. “Want” comes from the ego. “Belief” i feel, from the soul.
    I said this to someone in conversation a few nights ago. After I did I quickly wrote it down. I was amazed by it and wondered were the words came from, because I was simply the messenger.

  2. A spectacular friend gave me advice one time in the form of a song and it has stuck with me for years and I am a better person for it.
    “Last night I had the strangest dream,
    I sailed away to China in a little rowboat to find you
    And you said you had to get your laundry cleaned”

  3. Worrying does not empty tomorrow of its troubles. It empties today of its strength. – Corrie Ten Boom

  4. That’s an Easy answer for me. One simple sentence that has replayed itself over and over – many times in my life……
    38 years ago, in the delivery room ( with 1st child) – I asked my nurse for something to help with labor pains. She was much younger than me, and had the most beautiful long eyelashes- I just remember staring when she answered me – ” you are doing great. You are really doing good. You can do this. You are stronger than you think . You don’t need to take anything for pain”. Of course i’m thinking “I am ?? Ok, alright. Wow, I’ll try this by myself” I believed her then, and have replayed that conversation in my head with my next 3 deliveries. Her name was Julie and it still surprises me how much strength and resolve I took from those words. I’m sure nurses say that to everybody, but I guess I really wanted to believe them,

    Sometimes we are just timed to be totally receptive to even a simple statement or kind word. Hey, the coffee guy didn’t know you, but felt enough of something to respond back. ( or umm, maybe just felt sorry for you ?). Well, I know you, and you are pretty powerful stuff. As Julie told me a long time ago – ” you are doing great ! You can do this ! You are stronger than you think”. You will never know down the road how many are touched and inspired by you and your words. I know I am.

  5. Dear Geri,
    “Give every day the chance to become the most beautiful day of your life.” Marc Twain

  6. “When you have walked to the edge of all that you know and are about to step into the darkness of the unknown, faith is believing that one of two things will happen: that there will be something solid to stand on or you will be taught how to fly.”

    Attributed to a number of different people depending on exactly how it’s worded.

    Best of luck! My PULSE assignment was transformative for me. I hope for the same for you.

  7. Geri – thanks for sharing the story! My words of wisdom – or the ones that I have stolen from a movie (its also a book) called the Peaceful Warrior. The words are ” where are you?” – very simple yet very powerful – they help me come back to this very moment, to the NOW, when often times I am not ‘present’ ..worrying too much about the future or the past! To me, that is one of the most important things – to be present! And yes, I believe in you too! All the best, Manu.

  8. Geri, I am so amazed at your energy and generosity of Spirit for taking on a Pulse assignment with all the other obligations you have. I also greatly admire Asa for supporting you in this endeavor– few men in his place would do it! I loved your story about the man at the kiosk.. I believe he was there at that moment for a Divine purpose–you needed to hear that message, and it was Heaven-sent. It was very moving! Now I’ll share a comforting and empowering phrase my dear Mom used to say to me. When I was anxious or troubled over whatever was going on in our lives, she would encircle me in her arms (oh God, what I wouldn’t give to feel those arms around me again!), and lhug me against her ample bosom and say, “don’t worry Honey, everything will be alright.’ And she was right, because no matter what the crisis, time has a way of resolving it, and returning our lives to a state of equilibrium. So don’t waste precious time or energy worrying–it truly is a destructive , pointless emotion. Believe in yourself, do the best you can in whatever circumstances you find yourself, and somehow, Everything WILL be alright!

    Keep in touch, and let’s get together while you’re up unorthodox . I’m only 30 minutes from the Navy Yard, and I’ll be retired by the time you get here, so I can come meet you whenever you like!
    Hope to see you soon!!

    1. I meant to say ‘when you’re up North’ not ‘unorthodox’. That darn auto-correct got me again! 😁

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