Quote for September 4, 2010

“It takes courage to push yourself to places that you have never been before…to test your limits…to break through barriers.

“And the day came when the risk it took to remain tight inside the bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.”

~Anaïs Nin

Change is difficult for many of us.  We have to think about it and remember to do it, instead of being on auto-pilot.  It’s work.  Yet, Nin noticed that when it’s more painful to remain the same than to change, we’ll do it.  I’ve heard that stated less eloquently in other readings.

Some of us make a decision and stick to it.  Disciplined and self-controlled, we move on.  Some of us need to remind ourselves daily.  Some of us pray and try to continue to focus.    Some of us need an ‘accountability buddy’, with whom we check in once a week and who won’t let us off the hook.

I read somewhere that it takes 21 days to develop a habit.  I also know that it takes 12 weeks to recover from a large change or crisis or high stress.

Here’s to those of us who do change; who take control of our lives and ‘blossom’ in the way we are meant to be! I congratulate you!  I celebrate you!

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