Career Pathway #103: Take The Risk To Blossom

Every time I forget that we are designed for greatness, the universe seeks to remind me. Each time I lose faith in the connectedness of people, just the right person enters my life. Whenever I get stuck in an unproductive way of being, I am nudged to reach out and take a risk.

I will sometimes see a person and get an instinctive feeling that I should reach out to them. Many times I will ignore that whisper, aimed with proper reasons like, “I’m too shy•,” “I don’t have time•,” “They can’t be bothered•,” 

But last week, in the grocery store, I listened. After passing a woman in the aisles several times, we ended up in the check-out line together. Though it was completely outside of my introverted comfort zone, I felt compelled to introduce myself to her and to tell her about my work as a teacher of music and movement classes for young children. As we quickly discovered connection after connection, coincidence after coincidence, it became clear that something greater was at work that day.

My experience can be summarized eloquently by Anais Nin, “And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.” What do you look like when you are in full blossom?

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May you be filled with goodness, peace, and joy.

Erika Jackson (
LifeTrek Coaching International
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