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Changes Ahead, Behind, and All Around

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“Twenty years from now you will be disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the one’s you did. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”

-Mark Twain


Change is constant. At a cellular level, our bodies are in constant change. The world around us is ever changing too. Change can be scary. Is scary. Changing can mean that we’re moving from a place of comfort, or where we at least understand the rules and the system into the unknown. It can also be painful. But pain signals growth. As the Mr. commented on a previous post, the soreness after working out means our muscles are growing. And I think fear should be a sign post, pointing us toward what we should do. Each moment that passes gives us the chance to stay the same, tweak our course or even turn it all around.

This is amazing and beautiful – we are the captains of our own ships, we chart the course of our own destiny. So this week, take a small step (or a big one) to embrace change and marvel in the unknown. I’m going to and on the other side I bet we’ll be the better for it.

Have an amazing week all!!!

  • Great post. All too often I would find myself dreaming about someday. Some day I will be able to do things like stand up paddle in Hawaii. Some day I will be thinner, more fit, etc. It was as if I believed that at some future point I would finally just magically morph into what it was that I wanted to be.

    It doesn’t work that way. You have to put the work in every day and that is how dreams come true. And it’s because of exactly what you’re saying: you have to change a little each day. So go all in and “throw off the bowlines”.

    The Mr.

    April 2, 2012

  • Amen! Change can be a scary thing but I think once we jump into the things we’re most afraid of is when we change for the better. In 2008, we went to a Christmas attraction in a small town we’d never been to. We were almost at our heaviest weight and were pretty much at hermit status. I made a statement that we needed to try one new thing per month that we would never do. I was terrified to go to that thing. I was afraid people would mock us, say things to us and we’d have an hour drive home in shame. No one mocked us. No one said a word except “thank you” when we took pics for someone’s family and we said the same when they returned the favor. In the months following, we went to the art museum, conservatory, shops, etc, places we never would’ve gone before but are now pretty common rotations in our lives. They’re part of who we are now.

    So jump young man, change awaits! :-)

  • This is one of my favorite quotes ever! Glad you posted. It made me smile this morning. I’m still catching up on your blog here and there- hope you are well, Jeff! :)

    Jessie

    April 2, 2012

  • , The wind that blows on our sails blows on everybody (the ecomony is a wind; politics is a wind; taxes are part of the wind; your neighbors, friends, relatives are part of the wind, etc). However, even though that same wind blows on us all, people have remarkably different lives! Some people are dirt poor and unhappy living in prosperous countries. Others are happy, successful, and love life. What’s the difference between these radically different people? The set of their sail. The set of your sail is your philosophy on life, the actions you take, your attitude about life, and of course your goals and dreams are part of your sail. Can’t wait to see this year as you set your sail!

    Isa

    May 6, 2012

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