Anaïs Nin: And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful that the risk it took to blossom.
Hal C. Banks: If at first you succeed, try to hide your astonishment.
Me: Safer, so it seems, to hold back, to step back – avoid the stress, the tension of not making a stellar performance on our first effort but NOT is always the higher risk choice.
We don’t lose face by admitting vulnerability. Moreover we gain credibility with everyone – mostly, with ourselves, with our own self-worth statements. Nothing guaranteed. Never. Check every library – everything written about finding our way in life, not one contains a ‘money back’ or ‘your invested time back’ guarantee. None ever have. None ever will.
Hiding from challenges, avoid risk – we’ll never get one bit better.
This notion you have presented is so true. I once struggled with my start-up business and realized that I needed to focus more of my energy (time and effort) on it if I wanted it to really launch. Telling myself that made all the difference, CG, Toronto, ON
I totally agree. Having retired six years ago, I now enjoy life more than ever. I write and play music, I (occasionally) write books, I repair guns for a shop, and whatever else comes my way. Don't ever stop looking forward!, RB, Parksville, BC
“Many people are comfortable turtles - comfortable in their hard shells, safe shells, impenetrable shells, but:" What a perfect way to describe SO many people. Thank you. I'm going to remember that phrase "comfortable turtles" and quote it from now on. I am so exceedingly tired of hearing from people my own age (66) and up that it's time to "retire" and then proceed to vegetate in front of a TV watching God-knows-what crap, and think they are "living". Women friends who have been stuck in unfulfilling & rotten marriages for decades think they can't leave because they've been stay-at-homes and have no job skills! People who shrink into their aches & pains and think that's all there is after retirement! This past weekend I happened to catch the new movie by Carl Reiner "If You're Not in the Obit, Eat Breakfast”http://www.imdb.com/title/tt6963760/. What an absolutely motivational movie and so relevant to all those comfortable turtles. As someone who just returned from one month in Sierra Leone, Africa, where I have set up a Not-for-Profit Peace organization in 2015, I could not imagine being a comfortable turtle, living within a shell of fear, inaction, complacency when there is so much to be seen & done in the world! Life is to be lived, to be experienced. I find that so many people just "exist", "cope", or "avoid" life instead. What a waste. Anyway, thanks for that wonderful musing, that so obviously resonated with my soul!, JK, Calgary, AB
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