Personal Growth

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Have you ever been in a place where you think you’ve got it all figured out?  I’ve been there a few times.  Luckily when I’m in those places someone comes along or something happens to remind me I’ve still got a lot to learn.

During the last couple of months I’ve been doing a lot of reading for my own personal growth.  There are so many books out there and they are so easy to access anymore.  I love that I can go to Amazon and buy a book and have it downloaded in minutes.  There is only one drawback to being able to download a book so quickly…sometimes I buy a book and before I get started on it good I see another one that looks good.  Before I know it, I’ve got three books going and I can’t remember where I am on any of them.

Recently I finished reading The Cure For The Common Life by Max Lucado.  If there was ever a book that talks about where I’m at, this is it.  I have struggled for years with feeling like there is more to life than this, I’m meant for more, and questioning, “Why am I so dissatisfied?”  We are all meant for something, but we have all been brainwashed into believing we can’t make a living doing what we love.  There have been many times that I have said, “If I could make a living cooking, I would do it”.  Instead, I work at a job that pays the bills and wish I was doing something else.  Does this really make sense?

I know how hard it is to change your focus, especially as you get older.  It is easier to stay where you are and just accept things the way they are.  I used to think that comfort was the goal, but now I believe comfort may be the enemy.  Comfort can lead to stagnation and boredom and sometimes even laziness.  If you wish for excitement and spontaneity and a thrill once in a while, you have to do something that stretches you, tries you a little.  I have spent so many years working toward safety and comfort I forgot how to step out of my comfort zone and try something new.

One of my goals for this year is to be more adventurous, to try more new things and to be spontaneous.  This is difficult for a planner like myself.  I like my details and having everything lined up neat and tidy, but neat and tidy doesn’t allow for much excitement.  Last summer, my husband and I went on a boat trip in the ocean.  We thought we were going to stay in the inlets, but ended up seven miles from shore.  This is a good example of my planning not exactly being neat and tidy, but we got some awesome pictures.  When we find that “sweet spot” as Max Lucado calls it, I think there is plenty of room for fun, excitement and spontaneity and loving what we do for a living, too!


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