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When something ends: Explore, dream, discover

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do, so throw off the bowlines, sail away from safe harbor, catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore, Dream, Discover.”  — Mark Twain, American author and humorist

Thank you, Mark Twain, that’s what I intend to do.

A year ago, when I proposed this column to the editor, he asked me how long I thought I could write on the subject.

I answered, “Forever if it can take some twists and turns.”

Each week, in this column, my intention has been to encourage others to move outside their comfort zones so they might experience life-changing moments. My life has changed from being afraid of my shadow to moving forward in ways I didn’t think possible, all because I experienced staying outside my comfort zone long enough to trust that the net will appear when I jump.

I told Karl Isberg my mission would be complete if even one Pagosan’s life were changed. I know there is a ripple effect so when one life changes, many change. Thank you, Karl, for the opportunity to share my thoughts with the community.

This stream of consciousness has come to an end but, who knows, it could start up again.

Two other writing projects have been pulling at me for some time, and I have been staying on the sidelines living outside them. I want to dive in with all my energy, breathe life into them, write with all of me and see where they go.

I write because I love the world, especially our little corner here in Pagosa Springs. It is time for me to practice what I preach and stride forward with confidence leaping outside my comfort zone further and further. I am making efforts to stretch myself and trust my mind at the same time which can prove challenging at times.

Challenge your comfort zones, trust your minds, and follow your dreams but, most of all, have fun.

Share your experiences, celebrate every step forward no matter how small and make each day a great one.

God bless you all.

“Most folks are about as happy as they make up their minds to be.” Abraham Lincoln

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This story was posted on October 24, 2013.