It’s finally summer and the living should be easy, right? Or at least…easier?
This year I’m not quite feeling that summer breeze yet. You have been reading for most of a year now about the massive transition I am doing with Radiant Abilities as I wind down my counseling practice and launch online personal development trainings.
Like most things in life, I did not realize just how massive this was going to be. My web developer and all-around right-hand man, Chris Casey of Techtonic Media, has done a phenomenal job with the new site. It’s fresh, bright, and appealing. It will grab you. You’re going to love it!
And Eden Nguyen of Minimummeans.com has come in as the graphic designer to create outstanding visuals, guide sheets, and PDFs for you that accompany each video.
But we’re still working on finalizing everything before we launch.
Which brings me back to the lack of a summer breeze. I have often ask myself in this last year, why I decided to take this leap of faith at this time in my life when life is already filled with so many blessings. I am in the privileged position in my family life of being “sandwiched” a little boy who needs a lot from him mommy right now and spending precious time with my wonderful parents (who have really given me everything) who are in their upper 80s.
I could have easily kept plugging along with my counseling and consulting business, with the exception of one little thing…..I have such a passion to help people with disabilities to LIVE GREAT AND DARING LIVES!
For me, counseling was no longer quite hitting that professional need in me and I am a strong proponent of stepping out of your comfort zone when our comfort begins to dull us.
Just when I needed them, I came across some words to jumpstart me with some inspiration for this hard work. As you read them, think about the hard work in your life now. Whether it’s living with a disability, caring for a loved one with a disability, or just adjusting to your kids being home for the summer, allow the words to remind you why you do the hard work and dare greatly.
It is not the critic that counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.
Quote is from Teddy Roosevelt’s 1910 “Citizenship in a Republic” speech, excerpt found in Scrum: The Art of Doing Twice the Work in Half the Time by Jeff Sutherland.