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When was the last time you stepped out of your comfort zone and tried something really uncomfortable and crazy?  Its like when you were a child and you were asked to speak in front of your entire class about a book that you were forced to read, barely able to breathe, voice shaking, palms sweating, and your breathing appears to have stopped.  Here you are, standing anyway, feet planted on the ground, organs functioning properly in your body, and if you did a double check you would quickly realize that you are not dead.  For death is the worst thing that could happen to you, so at least your not that.

Sometimes, courage forces us to step into this very uncomfortable, physically draining, heart wrenching places.  It's here, this very first step, that makes you want to take a quick retreat back because at the very least you wouldn't feel like your life is ending

But then you stop, take note and remind yourself that your not dead.  What if I told you to just sit there for a minute and feel where you are at?  You would probably tell me to write myself a crazy ticket, smack it on my head and retreat back behind the closed curtain in the safety of your janitors closet where nothing could effect you.

Then, a little voice would call out to you reminding you that this closet of dirty mops, used up wash cans and over used cleaning supplies is no place for someone who is a great as you are.  You belong in the dressing room!   You know the ones with plush red robes, crafts of wine and platters of cheese, fruit and candies galore   This place of honor is yours, but only if you step back on stage and take that much needed chance

I once had a moment when I was in seventh grade where I found myself in a big auditorium auditioning for an all school (grades 7-12) summer play of Annie.  I came with my blessed mom who sat with me patiently awaiting my name to be called.  I sat there with my mind reeling on how I would escape and trying to find the words to convince my mom that I was sick, about to barf, had a head ache, was having a heart attack... really anything I could think of, just so I didn't have to go on stage and show them what little talent I felt I had.

But as fate would have it, my name was called, and I started to walk (the other way at first), but with my mom's faith in me I made it on that stage and sang as well as I could.  I ended up getting a part as a Bolin sister and played in the chorus.  It was life changing and truly a magical time in my life  But had I kept walking out the door, I would have never known that I could sing, dance, and act (however not as well as the other two).  Thank God my mom had given me the courage to get outside of my comfort zone!

So, I invite you to reach out to where you feel uncomfortable, and stay there.  Feel the moment and ask yourself what is the absolute worse thing that could happen (usually death pops into my mind!) and then when you realize that that in fact is not happening, stay there a little longer  In time you will find that your courage to stay in that space will offer you the courage to do so many wonderful things that I believe if you only tried it, you would for sure live a more prosperous, happy life.  In fact I would bet you would be so very proud of yourself, you will find yourself taking more and more risk.  Finding yourself meeting more interesting, enlightening people  

Really, the sky is the limit.  And once your realize that you will find yourself in situations that are far greater then you ever imagined.  But life doesn't happen unless you live it.  So live on, and let courage be your guide!

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Michele on Thursday, September 25, 2014 6:43 AM
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