“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”
This quote brings me back to a time when I needed to dig deep to find the courage to make a pretty significant change in my life.
At age 35, I was happy, content and successful in my career, but I couldn’t seem to shake this nagging desire to do more, to be more. But I was afraid to make a change. My internal dialog reminded me daily that even though I was single and the decision was all mine, I still had responsibilities. I couldn’t just walk away from my family, my job and my home. Besides, I wasn’t even sure what it was that I was leaving it all for. Nope, the safe thing to do was to stay right were I was. But as scared as I was to make a change, I also knew deep down in my core that staying safe wasn’t going to do it for me. I was going to have to embrace the idea of taking a risk.
So I bought a large framed poster for my office wall, one of the ones with the beautiful photo and an inspirational quote written under it. It was a beautiful photo of a sail boat floating off on the horizon and behind it was a breathtaking red-orange sun setting into the water. The caption read, “In order to find new horizons, you must be willing to lose sight of the shore.” I hung it on the wall right in front of me so that I stared at it each and every day. I really hadn’t heard much about the power of affirmations, but looking back now I can see that this was a very powerful affirmation for me. It was a continuous reminder that my desire to discover what was waiting out there for me was greater than my fear of losing my comfort and stability.
Every New Year is a blank slate, a cosmic “do-over” that provides you with an opportunity to try something different, learn a new skill, pursue a dream that you have been putting on the back burner for too long. This is your year….this is your time…..if you don’t do it now, then when?
Remember the best time to plant a tree is 25 years ago…the second best time is today.
Here’s to finding and following your true path and making 2010 your best year yet!
Happy New Year!
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