The right phrase at the right time stirs our soul!
Here’s my story
Years ago I was working in a position that offered a great deal of flexibility and I reported to a supervisor that appreciated what I brought to the business. However, I was in a supporting role rather than a leadership role. It was a position I enjoyed and being a leader was never my priority.
And then an opportunity to champion a cause presented itself and I knew I could lead this to a successful outcome. Did I have the courage to present my proposal to the leadership? Would they see me as competent to lead the project? Was I ready to deal with opposition and conflict for the good of the cause? Something inside me said a resounding “yes!”
Shortly after I made the decision to go for it, I saw this quote beautifully framed:
“And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.” Elizabeth Appell (Not Anais Nin)*
It captured the truth behind that heartfelt “yes” that empowered me to take the leap. It hung in my office for years, reminding me of the moment I knew it was time to open to being my true self. The risk to say “yes” opened me to receiving the fullness of what life has to offer.
The experience of real joy follows those moments of truth when our courage prevails and we take responsibility for the way we live in the world. (The ABC Path toward True Wisdom, P 69)**
What quotes or phrases have nestled into your heart as words to live by?
Questions for Circle Discussion:
- What quotes have you turned to through the years (or recently) that supported your journey as a woman?
- What favorite quote helped you believe in yourself?
- What does the quote from Elizabeth Appell mean to you?
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**The chapter reference for this Wisdom of the Feminine theme is from The ABC Path toward True Wisdom: A Woman’s Guide to Trusting What She Knows in Her Heart Is True, “Justified Joy” p. 69-72.
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