January 20

Whatever you can do, or
dream you can--begin it.
Boldness has genius,
power, and magic in it.

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe


Today's Meditation:

Somehow and for some reason, I was taught when I was young not to undertake anything that I thought I might fail in.  Fortunately, I didn't buy into what I was being taught, and while both of my siblings ended up with lives that included alcohol, drugs, and prison time, I ended up going to college and eventually earning a doctorate that allows me to do the thing I love the most: teaching.  And while becoming a teacher seems super easy for most, in my situation it was the culmination of a lot of effort and a lot of risk-taking.

For some, that boldness would help them to meet more people and make more friends.  For others, it could put them on the road to a new career or significant promotions in the career they're in.  What Johann is talking about comes down to a rather simply-stated shift in perspective:  learning to see possibility and potential in all that you see, rather than constantly seeing limitation and impossibility.

In my experience, doors stayed closed as long as I stood there and looked at them and said to myself, "I wish I could go in there."  I'm constantly amazed to find out, though, that almost all of those doors are unlocked and unguarded, simply waiting for me to say, "I'm going to go try that door, because that's where I want to be and that's what I want to be doing."

Of course,  sometimes I have to prepare myself before I approach the door by getting some important experience or education.  I can't simply be arrogant and think that I should be bold without any sort of preparation--I can't become a lawyer without some training and education first.  But it really is all up to me--and until I begin something, I can't expect it ever to happen, can I?  Starting something, even if it's somewhat scary, is always the best thing that I can do if I want my life to be a beautiful experience, and if I want to open my life to magic, genius, and power. 

Questions to consider:

What are some of the things that keep us from starting new projects and moving in new directions?

Who has taught us to be afraid of taking chances?  How are those people doing themselves?

Think of some of the bold people you know.  How do they do?  How do they handle failure when they have been bold and started new projects?

For further thought:

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 wind in your sails.
Explore.  Dream.  Discover.



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