"Two seeds lay side by side in the fertile soil.
The first seed said, "I want to grow! I want to send my roots deep into the soil beneath me, and thrust my sprouts through the earth's crust above me ... I want to unfurl my tender buds like banners to announce the arrival of spring ... I want to feel the warmth of the sun on my face and the blessing of the morning dew on my petals!"
And so she grew...
The second seed said, "I am afraid. If I send my roots into the ground below, I don't know what I will encounter in the dark. If I push my way through the hard soil above me I may damage my delicate sprouts ... what if I let my buds open and a snail tries to eat them? And if I were to open my blossoms, a small child may pull me from the ground. No, it is much better for me to wait until it is safe."
And so she waited...
A yard hen scratching around in the early spring ground for food found the waiting seed and promptly ate it."
(by Patty Hansen)
Where in your life are you currently not willing to take a risk?
Is it the job promotion that you want, the new creative endeavor you want to pursue, or is it that conversation with your spouse that you keep avoiding because it scares you to death?
Not risking only holds the illusion of safety. The reality is that NOT risking usually creates much worse results then the fears you had around risking. Then why are we held back, why are we paralyzed by our fears of taking a risk?
It is because the familiar is comfortable. We know what it holds. The unknown can seem scary, Change can seem terrifying.
However, the alternative is not fully living. Don’t kid yourself. It’s nothing less.
When you choose not to risk, you choose not to fully live.
This is it
This is your life
Play full out. Say what you feel & think
Have that difficult conversation
Ask that question you've been dying to ask…
Say what you want….
I want a promotion
I want to quit
I want to start something new
I want a divorce
I want more in my life
..because you deserve it. It is your life to live, no one else's.
Mindy Amita Aisling
ICF Life Coach,
NFPT Fitness Trainer,
OMA Certified Mediator
Mindy Aisling is a certified life and business coach in Bend, OR, exceeding all of the educational requirements & training set forth by the ICF.
She has worked with such organizations as St. Charles Hospital, Soroptimists, The Dispute Resolution Center, Olympic Medical Center, Americorps, and Juvenile and Family Services.
She has been featured in the New York Times, The Seattle Times, The Bend Bulletin, The Peninsula Daily News, KOMO 4 TV, The Oregonian and many more. You can learn more about Mindy here.
Mindy offers professional, affordable online coaching to clients around the world, and local coaching to clients in Bend, Oregon.
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