In order to move beyond the ordinary in your life, you have to keep on developing yourself. You can only do that if you believe in yourself and have an open mind. A mind that is open is ready to look at the other side of the mountain, ready to taste the unfamiliar food and ready to try new ideas. Amy ( not the real name) is a cleaner at the Community Health Partners in Lorain, OH. I was in my on-call room this morning when she came to clean the room and change the bedding. She asked for the combination to the bathroom door so she could clean the bathroom."You may not see the end of the path. You may wonder if you have it in you to accomplish it. But, with each step forward, you build your skills for the journey. Doors open. Possibilities are uncovered. You draw in new ideas. Inspiration and intuition grow stronger."
She started talking to me about going back to school at age 45. She wants a carrier in the medical field. However, her husband does not want her to go back to school. The response she got from talking to her coworkers at the hospital was "cleaning is not that bad." She and her husband earn about $50,000 a year. She wants to elevate herself above her current status but nobody seems to encourage her. They are rather discouraging her.
I congratulated her for her burning desire to improve herself and have a better future. We also talked about various 2 year degree options in the medical field. She agreed to take a look at Nursing as a career. She walked out of my room, elated and ready to go and conquer the world. People who make things happen have these characteristics:
- They act on their dreams even when the odds against them are immense.
- They believe in themselves. They are their own pilot. If they cannot pilot their life, who can do it for them.
- They seek ideas from other people. They have the common sense to know which ideas are better and which are not.
- They are willing to go the extra mile to achieve their goals.
- They have their own inner compass directing them to their destination.
- They are like Richard Bach's Jonathan Livingston Seagull who went against all odds to achieve perfection and freedom.
"Listen, everybody! There's no limit to how high we can fly! We can dive for fish and never have to live on garbage again!."
"You have the freedom to be yourself, your true self, here and now - and nothing can stand in your way! "The only true law is that which sets us free."
“When you have come to the edge of all the light you have And step into the darkness of the unknown Believe that one of the two will happen to you Either you'll find something solid to stand on Or you'll be taught how to fly!”