Just a thought…

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I’m not a daring person. It isn’t easy for me to try new things and stretch out of my comfort zone. But when I do, I’m glad I made the effort. I often need a gentle nudge (or hard push) from my husband or daughters.

I don’t mean climb Mount Everest or jump out of an airplane. I’m sure I’ll never do those things. What I’m talking about is participating in activities that make me uncomfortable and even anxious, but deep inside, I know they’d be good for me. Like go to a party where I don’t know many people, submit an article to a publisher and not be afraid of rejection, or try a new skill.

I love to hike in the mountains. I’m happiest when there’s a wide, flat path. I don’t like precarious, steep, narrow walkways. I’m nervous to climb on rocks. There have been many times I’ve wanted to turn back, but my family has given me extra encouragement to carry on. “Come on, Mom, it’s not that bad! You’ll love it once you get up here!” I don’t want to disappoint them, or myself. So I trudge on.

When I arrive, my husband and girls are so proud of me. I’m proud of me too. There have been many gorgeous waterfalls and stunning views I never would’ve seen, had I not pushed myself. I would’ve missed witnessing those splendors with my family.

I don’t want to be in a rut and live a boring life. I want to reach higher to achieve my goals. I want to go on adventures, make new friends, and travel to exotic lands. I want to get the most out of every single day.

Life is for experiencing. For living.












99 thoughts on “Just a thought…

  1. What an interesting quote you chose! Though it can be hard and frightening, great things usually come from pushing ourselves to go beyond the limits we conceive in our minds. Whether it be great sights on a trail or amazing results in life. May you have the courage to do the amazing things that make you feel uncomfortable at first πŸ™‚

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  2. There are many wonderful hikes that you can do which don’t require you to be ‘on the edge’ in more ways than one. Check out some of the walks on my blog for some examples. You can almost walk them without leaving your armchair! πŸ™‚

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  3. Oh Jenny…I can so relate to this. Beautiful post. There is no harm in needing that gentle nudge now and then, I think we all need it one way or other in life. Thanks for inspiring me, I needed to read this today. Hugs x

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    • Thank you! I just visited your blog and followed πŸ™‚ That is a coincidence about our posts with the same title. I do a series with that name… It’s always a quote that has significance to me. Thanks for stopping by here!

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  4. Great Post. I love Robin Sharma. Little changes go a long way. Pushing through a comfort zone, just makes you stronger and you realise – hey I can do this, I am capable. It is the best feeling ever.
    Lovely post, and thanks for following me.

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  5. I agree. Living a meaningful life everyday is so important. I struggle to stay on task sometimes but am getting better! This was a nice post for Sunday morning as I contemplate my day and the coming week.

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  7. Hey, Jenny wonderful write up, somewhere even I can relate to you, I think a lot when I am invited to a place where I hardly know people.

    Thanks a lot to drop by on my space, I cannot wait to scroll down your entire blog πŸ˜€

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  8. I love that quote and it’s so true – you can’t keep doing the same thing and expect life to be exciting unless your doing something everyday that really does excite you… Thanks so much for following my blog – I really appreciate it and am looking forward to hearing about all your new adventures..

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  9. Just finding you, JennyMarie, and love this candor. “… [how] many gorgeous waterfalls and stunning views I never would’ve seen, had I not pushed myself. I would’ve missed witnessing those splendors with my family.” Keep it coming!

    Pushing past the fear, the negative, the anxious thoughts rattling around inside me. And washing away the cobwebs in my brain with a good cry now and then!

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  10. I feel that going out from the comfort zone is crucial in developing one self as a person. Not only that, we are able to experience life in a new way. Living is much more than being stuck in your own personal bubble. ☺

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  11. Lovely post! I especially love your quote at the beginning. There is an ordinary courage in doing those little things each day that scare us, but that make life worth living. It doesn’t mean not being anxious or afraid, but it means not letting it hold us back, and you are a wonderful example of such ordinary courage!

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    • Thank you! You’re so right… we still can be nervous about doing something new, but it doesn’t mean we won’t do it, and it won’t hold us back. I love your insight πŸ™‚


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