"And the day came when the risk it took to remain tightly closed in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to bloom." ~Anais Nin
Do you every feel frightened or inclined to pull back when it comes to possible future opportunities? Most people don't enjoy change-many North Americans are quite content to remain in the same job position, at the same company as long as they can, many times so it won't disturb their current lifestyle or finances. They have a routine down, they know what to expect, they feel comfortable in their home, enjoy their neighbors and friends and couldn't envision switching it all up for a season of change, even if the trade off is for something greater, something different than the way they've done things. There is always fear in the unknown.
This is not to say that everyone has to make a drastic change in their life, or move half way around the world to accomplish it. Having said that, I believe there comes a time for everyone in life, where the risk to remain as that bud, to stay where you are at, not make a change, not move forward becomes far more painful than the risk it takes to launch out into the deep, try something new, do something different and bloom into all that you were intended to be.
We've all heard many times that at the end of our days, we will not regret the things that we did do, but rather the ones that we never pursued, allowed ourselves to succeed at. Even if we fail, isn't our life story so much more interesting and exciting because of it? So many great successes like Walt Disney, went bankrupt multiple times before creating the success that he has and is still recognized for today. The process of learning and achieving is an unending one, it is only us that put limits on ourselves in terms of where we desire to go.
My husband is a life coach and one thing that he encourages all of his clients to do is live boldly, not make rash decisions, but rather dream big, pursue life passions and live life to the fullest! Many people stay in a stuck state and years down the road ask themselves why they never started that business, applied for their dream job, moved to the exotic destination of their dreams, traveled to see the world and in the word's of Kelly Clarkson, take a chance, make a change and break away.
Her song, Breakaway, has been on my mind lately as I move forward into the next season of my life. I'm no stranger to change. Four years ago, I did just that, leaving all of my friends, family and even my career at the time behind in Toronto, Canada, to embrace my new married life with its many changes here in Florida. Today, there are many decisions hubby and I are praying about and currently making here behind the scenes, which will involve change, possibly a move and although fear of the unknown creeps in from time to time, I'm excited for what the future will offer! Take a moment, watch the video, or close your eyes and listen to the words and see if they speak to you.
What about you? Have you been feeling an inner leading to branch out and do something different, make a necessary change or maybe you've bravely launched out into a new opportunity recently. I'd love to hear where you're at! Happiness is always in our hands! :)