“If one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, & endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours.” Henry David Thoreau
I gravitate to inspirational quotes like this when I’m preparing to go in the direction of my dreams & hoping to meet with “success unexpected in common hours.” Keep talking, Thoreau; I hear you & I know you’re right. And while I’d like to stride confidently in the direction of my dreams, more often than not, I take cautious baby steps instead. Why? Because I can’t see the destination & running in the dark seems a certain way to trip & fall. I prefer baby steps, slow & steady. I’ll pick up speed when I’m more sure of where I’m going.
Change is scary but staying in a situation that you’ve outgrown, that makes you unhappy, or that causes you to compromise your Self is scarier. I know this from experience. A little over a decade ago, I was in a position where I had to ask myself, “Is this really how I want to spent the rest of my life?” The answer was an emphatic “NO!” I couldn’t articulate exactly what I wanted but I knew what I didn’t want. That’s the time to take a baby step, when the dream is germinating but hasn’t pushed through the soil into the sunlight of awareness. Baby steps are perfect for when you aren’t sure which direction to walk, you just know you don’t want to stand still.
Baby steps are also a great way to proceed when the journey seems overwhelming. For example, when I graduated from college, I had a mountain of debt that seemed impossible to repay. I had no idea how I’d pay it off but I knew drowning in debt wasn’t an option for me. Giving up is never an option for me. I paid $10 here and $100 there, month by month, until it was finally gone. Baby steps.
Am I writing this for you, dear readers, or am I writing this for me? Yes & yes.
It’s time for a baby step. To be continued…