"A ship in harbour is safe, but that's not what ships were built for." John Shedd
Sometimes I feel like I'm a ship in harbour, waiting for directions to my next destination. I see so many possibilities that I am sometimes overwhelmed and reluctant to make a choice. So I sit still in my harbour.
The world is full of endless opportunities to learn, to engage, to teach, to explore. We are all well equipped to take on new challenges no matter where we are in life. While there is nothing wrong with a good, healthy pause to process and reflect, I know how easy it is to stay in port. We keep searching the sky, the water and the horizon to see if the path we are considering is safe. We think about the pros and cons of our next adventure. We get advice from others about how they have navigated their vessels. And in the end, it really comes down to us choosing whether we want to play safe or not.
There is nothing wrong with choosing to stay put. I've done that many times. And I also know that we each carry a burning torch within that says there is something intriguing about risk; something compelling about taking chances with our destiny. Each time I announce a new event I put myself out into the world to see if what I'm offering is a good fit. Sometimes it works. Sometimes I learn.
My ship has spent more than enough time in harbour being safe from criticism, judgement and rejection. I know for certain that out there in the vast sea that calls to me there is also acknowledgment, support and hungry searchers who want just the part of me that is willing to dare.
Ms. Daryl Wood is a Certified Coach and TED*/3VQ Practitioner dedicated to sharing The Empowerment Dyanmic (TED*) with organizations who understand that healthy relationships are critical to their success. She is leading a public workshop for individuals called I've Got This! Creating Extraordinary Relationships in Cambridge Ontario March 23/24, 2019. Visit www.darylwood.com and www.stopworkplacedrama.ca