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Danger, Will Robinson – Risk ahead.
Danger and risk are words that we are programmed from birth to avoid. During my life, I have stretched the boundaries of my comfort zone, and this has usually been a blessing. I completed two solo trips to a foreign country, wrote a book, created two seminars, and taught classes. So, I have accepted risk. But rarely have I gone further than a gentle stretching of that zone. Today, that will change.
From my posts recently, you probably have gathered that this has not been a particularly good year for me. I’ve lost several people close to me to death and have suffered through a very traumatic experience. Read more here. As a motivational author and speaker, I know several ways to bounce back. So, today, on my birthday, I am cancelling 2011 and instituting a new year. The Year of Living Dangerously. In addition to my normal posts, I plan to post at least monthly on my adventures of living dangerously – I will add more risk into my life.
What is Living Dangerously? Risk Accepted!
Well, to start with, I will tell you what it is NOT. It is not reckless, impulsive behavior that could get me killed! It is stepping beyond my comfort zone to do things that I’ve avoided – it is accepting risk. Writing a book pushed past my comfort zone, but promoting that book will smash my comfort zone to bits. So that is one thing I’m planning. I have also wanted to white water raft down a turbulent, riotous river, and that is one on the list. I’ve wanted to zip line, and that is also up there.
I’m taking suggestions from readers and will choose at least ONE reader’s comment to complete. The reader who is chosen will get a free, autographed copy of my book, Reformat Your Life, and will be included in the follow-up blog once I’ve completed the task he/she has given me. So, get to commenting on this blog – I can’t wait to see your suggestions. I plan to craft my “Year of Living Dangerously” into separate segments and craft it like a Year of Renewal. Each month between now and next May will have a theme. I’ll set those themes while I’m away for work over the next few weeks.
I will choose a winner within the next two months. To enter the contest, comment on this blog with your suggestion. Check back here to see if you won. Remember, you have to comment on the BLOG, not Facebook. To risk is worth it!
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Renewal for YourselfIt’s springtime here in Tennessee. As I sit writing this post, I can hear the sound of lawnmowers and of chirping birds, and I can see pink buds appearing on my trees. There is nothing I like more than springtime. It feels so fresh and new, every single year. My husband’s great-grandmother, who lived to the ripe old age of 105, planted beautiful bushes in my front yard when she owned this house. I love to watch the colors unfold. Although I never met his great-grandmother, I see a reflection of her life in every plant and tree in my front yard.
Springtime also brings the opportunity to sit back and reflect on my own life. If the plants can come back from a season of being dead, so can I. This year it seemed to take spring forever to appear. I’d have to say that this has been one of the toughest years on record for me. I have gone through one of the toughest battles in my life, and to be honest, I’m still going through it. But, God is good, and spring is here. Like the flowering buds on a tree, I will spring back to life, too. It’s not always easy, this journey we are on, but it is always worth it. There is a point to our lives, we just need to seize our purpose and live with meaning. Renewal gives me the chance to become the best “me” that I can be. And that’s what I’m going to do! What traditions have you set up as part of your springtime renewal?
One tradition I have is to simply “be”. It’s hard for a type-A, have to do it all now, person like me to simply sit. But when spring gets here, I drop everything, go outside and sit in the sun and watch nature put on her A-game. What glorious flowers appear, seemingly overnight. I don’t like gardening, so I can’t participate in the renewal. I’m just a patient observer. This centers me and helps me to calm down.
Renewal is a Process
Life always goes on. If you are in a time of transition, take some time to sit quietly and enjoy the day. Renewal doesn’t happen overnight. It is a process, but you have to start somewhere. Start now. Turn this season into a season of renewal.