In today’s society, maintaining “safety” is prized above all else. The definition of safety is “secure from risk; certain; sound.” It actually makes risk sound like a bad thing!
I’d be the first one to tell you to take a jacket and pack a snack. As in, “Safety = Prepared.”
But I would state unequivocally that a life lived status quo is no life at all. We were meant to be challenged, to seek growth and to flourish. We weren’t created to just exist in bland sameness forever. And in fact, nothing does maintain a status quo forever.
The truth is, every day we grow forward or degrade backwards. We step toward our goals and dreams or we sideline ourselves, a tiny, slow agonizing inch by inch step away from the amazing, priceless, wonderful purposed people we administrative professionals were meant to be.
There is a perception of safety in sameness. But we were not meant for sameness. I don’t know about you, but ninety years of daily bland vanilla doesn’t sound like a great thing!
We are designed for greatness. And that greatness is only found when we dream, plan, and move toward our truest self, even if it involves struggle and risk.
So here we are, spanned across from each other through the ethos of the Internet via an email you are reading. I wish I could reach through the screen and share with you what I am learning and continue to see repeatedly: “a wishin’ and a hopin’” might make the country charts, but it won’t provide the sort of life you and I were made to have.
So, be safe. But take risks, the right kind of risks. For instance, if the idea of speaking up in a department meeting makes you quake in your boots, get involved with Toastmasters or take a speaking class at the local college. As in, “Learn+Do+Be = Safe Risk!”
So don’t just wish for things. Do them. Don’t just hope for things. Make them happen. Take the steps necessary to expand your gifts and talents.
In short, “be the change you wish to see in the world,” as Ghandi so eloquently stated.
The world is waiting for you, with all your valuable gifts, dreams and talents. Yes, you. You are a one of a kind original. Your flavor may be rum raisin, peppermint twist, tutti-frutti or blackberry cabernet – but you are definitely not vanilla!
Nancy Fraze is a member of Office Dynamic’s Media Team and a frequent contributor to the OD blog; she also blogs about film at allbestfilms.wordpress.com. She is Poet Laureate Emeritus for the Town of Danville. Nancy runs a creative writing and editing business, “Phrase, Ink” and published her first poetry book, “Paper Wait” in 2008.