OK...that's my two cent movie plug...on to the latest post!
So, I've been thinking a lot this week about taking chances and pushing the boundaries of your comfort zone. As I've mentioned in earlier posts, I started my own business this year-- a personal home and office organization service called Edited Space. Many well meaning friends cautioned me to think carefully about leaving my safe, perfectly good job (steady salary, health benefits, 2 weeks paid vacation...you get the idea) to branch out on my own...especially in this economy.
Normally, I think I am about as much of a risk taker as the next person, so this was a BIG DEAL even for me! I relied on the knowledge that I am really good at what I do as well as the faith that I would be taken care of...whatever the outcome. I also knew...in my gut...that it was time for me to take a leap of faith. I didn't have a clear picture of what this new adventure looked like, but I did know what the situation I was in did...and I didn't like it. It didn't feel good anymore; it was no longer a good fit...for me. I felt as if I was on auto-pilot and I woke up one day and knew that I couldn't live my life like that anymore.
And so I held my breath...and...I...jumped!
I'm thrilled to report that business is steady and I feel good about the work that I'm doing. I know I'm helping people and being of service, and it feels pretty amazing. I look forward to what the future holds.
My meditation teacher was in town last week and he shared something that I think is fitting here:
He discussed the nature of paradox and how sometimes what we think is normal, actually isn't.
He reminded us of the definition of insanity (doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results) and said that playing it safe is actually the more risky choice.
It reminds me of watching a dog chase his tail: he just goes round and round and doesn't actually go anywhere. Choosing to venture into the unknown is actually the wiser choice because taking chances allows us to spread our wings and prove that we can fly!
What will you choose?