“When we least expect it, life sets us a challenge to test our courage and willingness to change; at such a moment, there is no point in pretending that nothing has happened or in saying that we are not yet ready. The challenge will not wait. Life does not look back. A week is more than enough time for us to decide whether or not to accept our destiny.” – Paulo Coelho, The Devil and Miss Prym
Growing up, I was indifferent to resolutions – I didn’t see a reason to wait until a particular calendar day to make changes in my life that I felt were needed. In many ways, that’s still true – there’s no time like the present to make the changes that we need in life.
That is, until I began to notice a pattern. Though I was making small changes throughout the year and was often pleased with the results, I was using those successes as a means to justify avoiding some of the bigger (scarier?) changes in my life. Sure, my budget is trimmer now than five years ago (as is my waistline), but when I’ve made those changes to my satisfaction… why do I still focus on tweaking them year after year when there are some bigger changes that I need to make?
I heard recently (I believe on This American Life, though I haven’t relistened to this episode yet to confirm it’s the source…) that though we can recognize that who we are today is different than who we were ten years ago… we often believe that who we’ll be ten years from now is the same person we are today. Think about what that can do to our motivation – for me, at least, it discourages me from recognizing small progress on the big changes, and stops me in my tracks.
As I consider the path that I want to take, the path that will bring me closer to becoming the best me I could be… I recognize that I need to muster up all the courage that I have to keep going on my journey.
As you set forth on your resolutions for 2013 and beyond, I hope you find the courage you need to make the big changes that you wish to make.
“All our dreams can come true if we have the courage to pursue them.” –Walt Disney
Sasha may be the shyest social person you’ll ever meet. She joined Verity in 2009, with a couple years in the Credit Union Movement already tucked under her belt (amidst coffee-making and bagel-slinging, running a non-profit, and trying her hand at farming).
An eternal optimist (except, you know, when she’s not), she enjoys exploring her surroundings and having adventures with friends; yoga, running, reading, writing, and good food. Though not a remarkable cook, she is nonetheless a sincere one and admits she’d be better if there were three more hours in every day. When not doing one of the many activities mentioned in the previous two sentences, she counts herself lucky to be peacefully at home, cuddling with her partner and their cat.