Dear valued readers and friends,
Last week’s theme in class was Dare to Be… As we started class, I read a longer quote entitled “Dare to be” by Steve Maraboli:
Excerpt: “When a new day begins, dare to smile gratefully….When something seems difficult, dare to do it anyway….When you are tired, dare to keep going…When you feel great, dare to make someone else feel great too…And when the day has ended, dare to feel as though you have done your best.”
Powerful, and, looming in the background was how I was not daring in my life. Yes, I made a relatively large leap over a year ago. And since, I’ve stretched myself in a number of capacities. However, in some respects its greater to dare to make decisions and moves that scare you (and excite) each day. Though it may seem trite or insignificant, for me, writing and posting this blog is one way in which I dare…and have of recent, failed to dare. Other priorities such as coaching and teaching took precedent, but the real truth is that fear reigns when I write. Is what I have to say worth it? Not many people read, so what does it REALLY matter? I have, as is so easy, found tens of excuses and wholly legitimate reasons to focus my attention elsewhere. In all honesty, should I decide this is important, if I reconnect to the reason I began this or wanted to start sharing, I can make time.
So in looking at my life and my goals, the bigger picture rather than the day-to-day check off list – this is a priority. This is one avenue to forward that. Whether it allows me to merely share what is going on or hopefully in some capacity allows me to inspire, it serves a greater purpose. Bearing that in mind, I dare myself to keep this commitment. I dare myself to keep it raw and share my thoughts and intentions for the week just as they are, without the need to perfect and adjust so that I can be seen in a certain a manner. If I have little else to say beyond the quote or fable I share, I dare myself to post that alone, with little additional commentary, allowing it to be enough.
The question I pose for you this week is – how do you dare? Where in your life do you dare each day? As Ellen Johnson Sirleaf says, “if your dreams do not scare you, they are not big enough.” THIS is a step towards that bigger dream that scares. What is yours
Rachel (scroll down to read more or subscribe below!)