The After Effects

I wrote this piece last night, and wanted to write today about the after effects of it. I posted the writing below.

I Accept

I accept your challenge…the one you put in front of me,

You know exactly who I can and cannot be,

You have taken away the noise and left me in silence,

Causing my inner voice to storm with violence,

But you know that this is the test before the storm,

To get me ready to ultimately perform,

In front of the crowd who needs a voice,

Because that voice, was lost in the noise.

You have stripped away the people who were once near,

To make me listen to my heart with both ears,

You have allowed me to doubt the path and its result,

Causing a little bit of personal tumult.

But you know better than all,

That this is just part of the internal brawl,

That you are putting me through to help me grow,

And to never think…but just to know.

Mother Teresa had a very famous line that is often misquoted. She said, “I know God won’t give me anything I can’t handle.” Usually, the quote stops there. But the rest of the line goes “I just wish he didn’t trust me so much.” Last night I wrote the piece above which talked about accepting the challenge. In the past three years, never have I once said to myself, “Okay, I accept the challenge.” All of the adversity, all of the struggle…was just me being silently reactionary. Instead, I now know that it is all part of the journey.

I am not a huge believer that everything is planned out for you. However, I do believe to certain extent that once you choose a specific path, there are bumps and victories prepared for you along the way. Those bumps and victories are perfectly sized to how big of a game you play in life. The bigger the game,  the bigger the victories and defeats. When you play small…expect small gains.

Today is a special day for me because I just hit 200,000 views and have almost 10,000 followers. I remember the days when I had 3 people viewing my blog. Hell, I even remember it when my roommate was the 1 viewer I would have. I truly believe reading through the comments, the messages on my other channels, and some of the personal interactions that I have had with individual users that something special is being created here. We…and yes it is we…are creating something that is going to have a massive impact on the world. Yes, my writing happens to be the vessel for which the conversation is started, but the conversation continues with each and every one of you who are contributing. Through pictures, quotes, pieces of advice…the works. So thank you for helping me achieve something that I never saw at the start. Sometimes, on the journey, we get lost and find greater dreams. The path splits. And we walk in greater directions.

Accept the challenge. Today, I have had all the energy and courage in the world because I know that everything in front of me is put there to make me grow. We all have a definition of what The Big Guy upstairs looks like, some of us don’t and that is perfectly fine…but the important part is believing in something that you have been given…yourself. When you start believing that you are everything you need to transform and lead a great life, then you can actually do it. Without that belief or in the constant searching for other people’s advice on how to live your life, you will end up disappointed. Been there done that.

I am proud to be writing each and every day. What makes me even more proud and humbled, is the fact that I have literally thousands of great people who are all rooting me on…but most importantly, who are all walking with me on their journeys. After the book launches, and I get some money, I am going to spend months traveling the world, setting up meeting places in prominent  cities so everyone can come sit down and talk. Wouldn’t that be a blast? I will record your stories…and we will continue this journey together.

The Better Man Project…as in a project for a better mankind.

Evan Sanders

Please Join My Dream

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  • ryan
    November 15, 2012 at 7:30 pm

    Thank you for the post.
    I think I also need to challenge myself.

  • Patrick Huff
    November 15, 2012 at 8:07 pm

    Enjoy your world travels. And great writing. An amzing amount of follows.

  • progressionofme
    November 16, 2012 at 1:42 am

    Congratulations Evan! That’s a huge achievement! I’m only a new follower but so glad to have found your blog! I can see it being a huge part of my journey also…love your work!

    • thebettermanprojects
      November 16, 2012 at 7:24 pm

      Glad you are aboard! It’s going to be fun 🙂

      • progressionofme
        November 18, 2012 at 2:19 am

        I agree! I also love the fact you still take the time to reply to comments 🙂

  • starguidemehome
    November 16, 2012 at 1:51 am

    Thanks 4 this – it’s really encouraged me today! I’m going to print it out and put it up somewhere 2 encourage me 2 keep going.

    • thebettermanprojects
      November 16, 2012 at 7:23 pm

      haha amazing! I hope it will give you some power every day

  • Lead Our Lives
    November 16, 2012 at 4:04 am

    The world needs you and others like you…now. Really enjoying your posts. Not sure of your chronological age; yet I know you are much younger than I. You do, however possess the deep wisdom of the ages. Namaste.

    • thebettermanprojects
      November 16, 2012 at 7:23 pm

      I am 23 years old. But, have been told I have a grandfathers heart haha

      • Lead Our Lives
        November 18, 2012 at 6:54 am

        I believe it. You likely do have a grandfather’s heart…perhaps one of yours if one or both are no longer here? Great stuff. Anyone who would question your motives here might want to have a look at themselves. Fear is far too pervasive in our world and we must bring more love [acceptance] into our experience. Keep writing, keep inspiring.

  • djwillowthewisp
    November 16, 2012 at 6:39 am

    First time reader. Thanks for the encouraging words. Love And Light

    • thebettermanprojects
      November 16, 2012 at 7:22 pm

      I hope that you find the rest of the blog worthy 🙂

      Love having you here!

  • Brandie Sellers
    November 16, 2012 at 8:00 am

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  • Brandie Sellers
    November 16, 2012 at 8:03 am

    Oh man. You don’t know how many times I teared up reading this! You’re such a great and beautiful soul and I believe you’re totally following the path you were meant to do all along. 🙂

    • thebettermanprojects
      November 16, 2012 at 7:22 pm

      🙂 Thank you. We are all on a very very similar path haha. I think we just need to realize the similarities instead of the differences.

  • vmadrigal9
    November 16, 2012 at 8:42 am

    I loved this piece so much. It really spoke to me on who God is and who I am in Him.

  • dreamswillcatchyou
    November 16, 2012 at 9:50 am

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  • staceycovills
    November 16, 2012 at 10:45 am

    Reblogged this on STACEYCOVILL.

    • thebettermanprojects
      November 16, 2012 at 7:15 pm

      thanks for the kickass reblog

      • staceycovills
        November 25, 2012 at 6:28 pm

        your works really interesting i read it everyday 🙂

  • lynnwyvill
    November 16, 2012 at 2:01 pm

    Congrats on your success! Really enjoy reading your posts. The travel project sounds really cool! Yep, we’re rooting for you!

    • thebettermanprojects
      November 16, 2012 at 7:15 pm

      hey thanks! It has been one wild ride and I am glad you are enjoying the writing. May I ask your favorite part?

      • lynnwyvill
        November 17, 2012 at 7:56 am

        My favorite part? The thing that I like best about your writing is that it is inspirational and honest. The writing gives me a lot to think about. After reading your posts, I frequently copy a line or two from what you’ve written – not only the quotes from other people, but quotes from what you’ve written that I want to remember. So into my journal they go, so I can reflect on them.

  • eviejowilson
    November 16, 2012 at 3:29 pm

    Your writing and poetic style remind me of my prodigal son. I though at first that I had reconnected with him which I will someday when he gets ready. Great post.

    • thebettermanprojects
      November 16, 2012 at 7:14 pm

      thank you. would love to hear that story when it happens

  • Amalia
    November 16, 2012 at 3:43 pm

    Reblogged this on AmaliaVida and commented:
    A must read and please share!

  • hashimeansbridge
    November 16, 2012 at 3:45 pm

    Thanks for the follow!! I enjoyed several of your thoughtful posts, and this one particularly because I’m just in the baby stages of my blog. Congratulations for all the time and energy I’m sure you’ve invested and here’s +1 more follow for ya! 🙂

  • Amalia
    November 16, 2012 at 3:49 pm

    Congratulations! And please check your email, the one I got from your About page…a bit of story for ya. 🙂 Way to go and thank you for YOU!

  • annesturetucker
    November 16, 2012 at 5:06 pm

    Thank you!

  • Sweet Rains
    November 16, 2012 at 5:57 pm

    I am intrigued.

  • starrystez
    November 17, 2012 at 2:52 am

    Love your post and blog- so inspiring! Thanks for sharing your journey.

  • writinglikeastoner
    November 17, 2012 at 5:56 am

    Really allowed me to get motivated by your posts, and really glad to know that you’re still going on! 🙂

  • DaVida Nature Photography
    November 17, 2012 at 3:13 pm

    Thank you, Evan and congratulations!

  • stephenedwards425
    November 18, 2012 at 11:51 am

    Reblogged this on LifeRevelation and commented:
    Once again I am captivated by the opening quote, but Evan goes on to write deeper, from within himself, and if we listen very closely, we can hear the murmur of our own thoughts…be encouraged!

  • aradheritage
    November 19, 2012 at 11:47 am

    Am I allowed to republish your poem on my blog, please? I keep there my best reads ever. Thank you in advance.

  • ryjoca
    November 20, 2012 at 1:52 pm

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  • domoreblog
    November 21, 2012 at 1:12 am

    This really touched me…there is so much noise in our daily lives that deafens our against the screaming in our hearts. Silence is a beautiful respite from the constant influence of others and the perfect opportunity to listen from within. Thank you for sharing.

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  • Jessica
    February 28, 2016 at 6:41 pm

    Hi Evan! It has been so long since I last visited your page and I am so glad that I found my way back here. You are doing some wonderful things and I can’t wait to learn from your words. I also wanted to thank you for the advice you left on my blog four years ago to keep writing. I stumbled across them at just the right time and am writing again :). I hope all is well!