Authors Eileen and Jerry Spinelli provide a wonderful work for daily reflection through the year with quotes, words of wisdom and thoughts for self. Today I Will is not a work that you should complete in one sitting. It is a work where you complete a short reading each day and take time to marinate on the tidbits offered. I am about a week late starting this reflection, but will share a few thoughts from today.
From January 1
A year of time lies ahead of us. Who knows the countless things, big and small, that will happen? Much will be out of our control. As for now, at the start of another lap around our star, let’s just drop all distinctions for the moment and simply wish the best for all of us, passengers together on this ship called Earth.
No truer words for me today. Tomorrow a new adventure starts. I have walked away from the classroom and into the corporate world of learning and organizational development. As I prepare for this transition I have to question, is this anything like jumping from the frying pan to the fire? (Nice Southern Grannyism with that phrase, don’t ya think?) It is exciting, exhilarating, and anxiety inducing all at the same time. All normal feelings with anything new.
I do not know what lies ahead. I do not know what will happen over the next 3, 6, 9 months…or even the next year. I do know that I chose this path. There were two roads, and I chose the one less traveled. It would have been much easier to stay in my comfort zone and trudge along for the next 10-15 years and retire. However, I have never chosen to stick within the comfort zone. It is much more exciting, much more self satisfying to embark on a new journey, and choose the road less traveled.
So many stay with the same job, or same career, even when they are miserable. Life is for living. You are not living if you are not receive joy out of what you are doing. You are simply existing. Tomorrow, I jump, not without a parachute. For the time being, I will hold on to my teaching license. If this does not work out, I can go back to the classroom. But, I have wanted this for so long. I know there will be bumps in the road. I know that there will be frustrations. You cannot escape the frustrations of life. I also know, that I will give my all and embrace the possibilities.
I will leave you with my favorite words from Robert Frost. Here’s to a new year and a new path.
Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,And sorry I could not travel bothAnd be one traveler, long I stoodAnd looked down one as far as I couldTo where it bent in the undergrowth;Then took the other, as just as fair,And having perhaps the better claim,Because it was grassy and wanted wear;Though as for that the passing thereHad worn them really about the same,And both that morning equally layIn leaves no step had trodden black.Oh, I kept the first for another day!Yet knowing how way leads on to way,I doubted if I should ever come back.I shall be telling this with a sighSomewhere ages and ages hence:Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—I took the one less traveled by,And that has made all the difference.
Live life. Give joy. Be at Peace.
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