Double dare you…so many are waiting, letting moments, days, months, years pass as they lead lives filled or partially filled with quiet desperation. Just when you think we’ve wrung the quote by Henry David Thoreau dry, you know it, “Most men lead lives of quiet desperation and go to the grave with the song still in them,” it rises to confront you again. This quote will challenge us as long as we uncomfortably nestle into desperation instead of perspiration.
Just when you think we’ve wrung the quote by Henry David Thoreau dry, you know it, “Most men lead lives of quiet desperation and go to the grave with the song still in them,” it rises to confront you again, if you let it. This ever-relevant quote will challenge us as long as we uncomfortably nestle into desperation instead of perspiration.
Yup, I said perspiration; making a decision, a choice to step up, step forward, step into our fear and do what makes us feel alive, to engage in activities that make our hearts sing.
What’s the worse that can happen if you take one small step towards perspiration, allow yourself to get a little scared, move closer to the unknown around the corner? Seriously, what’s the worse that could happen? You’re not going to die, and even if you do, what a way to go…satisfied that you weren’t acting from a place of hesitation or fear, but bravely assessing the desires of your heart and stepping into the arena with sword and shield in tow. Shedding the skin of the spectator to emerge as hesitant participator.
In my work and conversations with others about doing what they love, engaging in work they really care about, I often hear words strung together in different patterns that ultimately suggest that age is the reason. That somehow the number of years on this planet dictates your ability to chase the desires of your heart and the possibilities available. BS!!! Years have NOTHING to do with what you desire and the means to seize it.
There are plenty of examples of those seasoned in living who rocked the world with their unique self-expression:
Laura Ingalls Wilder, who at age 64, published her first book, Little House in the Big Woods? Remember the television series, Little House on the Prairie?
Benjamin Franklin used his 70-year old hand to sign the Declaration of Independence; the eldest of the signers.
Nelson Mandela was elected president of South Africa at the ripe age of 76.
The first edition of Roget’s Thesaurus was published when Peter Mark Roget was 73.
And then there’s Anna Mary Robertson Moses, known as Grandma Moses, who who started painting at 76.
And, there are plenty beyond the "traditional retirement age" who are rocking the world with their unique self-expression right in my backyard, in the Greater Atlanta area…
Meet Bonnie Ross Parker, owner and founder of Xperience Connections, formerly The Joy of Connecting. Bonnie is a powerhouse, a champion of women and a master connector. Over 70 and going strong. More about Bonnie and the work she loves at http://www.bonnierossparker.com.
Then there’s the effervescent, Phil Parker, whose currently promoting the re-release of his book, Grandpa Does Grandma: The ABCs of Senior Sex. This former CEO and professional speaker isn’t slowing down in his 70s. Yup, he’s grandpa and Bonnie is grandma. More about him and the work he loves at http://philparker.com.
Ellen Britt is the founder of Pink Coattails, a Women’s Business Mastermind and Network, and she is the CEO of the Sacred Selling System. Ellen shows no signs of slowing down as she consistently leaves an imprint on the hearts and minds of women entrepreneurs. More about her and the work she loves at http://sacredsellingsystem.com and http://pinkcoattails.com.
When you meet Frances Whitten, you’d swear she was about half her age. This force to be reckoned with served 51 years as a high school chemistry teacher in classes around the world. She’s now leading her own Xperience Connections group in Decatur and continuing to enhance lives as part of the Isagenix International team. Learn more about Frances and the work she loves athttp://franceswhitten.com.
Farra Allen exudes a passion for service. He co-founded the first massage school in Georgia, The Atlanta School of Massage, and has since moved on to launch Life Works School of Coaching. As a transformational teacher, he too is serving as a catalyst, impacting the lives of many who seek a life coaching certification through his unique transformational process. Instead of slowing down, he’s ramping up his efforts to expand his school and add another book title to his list as an author. Learn more about Farra and the work he loves at https://www.linkedin.com/in/farraallen.
So, I dare you, I double dare YOU! If any part of your life reflects the quiet desperation alluded to in Thoreau’s words, I challenge you to take one step forward into perspiration. Drop down into your heart space, listen to its cries to step more fully into your unique self-expression. Don’t know how? Help is available, just ask.
Being scared is natural, consider it a sign that you’re contemplating a move in the right direction. But, don’t simply contemplate, take a small step, then another and another until you find yourself in the arena, participating in the games of your life, engaging in work that matters to you, work that you deeply care about.
Go ahead, I double dare you!!!
Aspiring Sage, Creative Maven, Fancier of Books, Guardian of Student Experiences, Inner Explorer, Lover of Living & Learning, Partisan of Play, Princess of Joy, Purveyor of Possibility, Vibrational Recalibrator.