A ship in the harbor is safe. But that’s not what a ship is built for.
Locating the origins of one of my favorite quotes has proved to be difficult. It’s been attributed to a theologian, a department store founder, a one-book author, and even anonymous himself, which is a shame because it really is quite fantastic. Lately I’ve been wondering if I’ve been become too comfortable in my proverbial harbor. I can’t help but think that I am avoiding discomfort a little too much – taking the easy path, so to speak. One of my biggest fears is not taking advantage of the opportunities lobbed my way – softballs just waiting to be knocked out of the park. But I also fear not putting forth the effort to search out the opportunities that aren’t as easily found – the one’s that require more work than just swinging the bat at the right time (enough with the softball analogies already…sheesh). As I make plans to re-enter the work force in the near future, I need to think of myself as a ship – a ship that shouldn’t spend more time in the harbor than necessary. I just need to figure out where I want to go. And not being caught off-guard when the umpire yells “Batter up!” (okay, one more).