Life is a gift -- Open it!
Are you living the life you dreamed of -- or are you still holding back, circling the water's edge, waiting for the "right time" to act on your dreams?
How much longer are you willing to delay your good?
You see, life is surely is far too short to keep putting things off, especially taking care of your health and your weight.
One of my personal mottos is "Action is the easiest thing in the world."
Procrastination is what drags us down and keeps us stuck on the sidelines as we watch other people living what we were called to do.
Luckily, I learned this lesson about grabbing life with both hands when I was quite young.
Not many people know this about me, but I have experienced a great deal of loss and tragedy in my life.
(I know that may be hard to imagine -- because most people know me as a happy, positive, optimistic person, which I am!)
I believe that my sense of great joy comes in part from knowing that life is fragile, and fleeting. I don't want to let it pass me by in a state of fear.
You see, today as I write this, it is exactly 36 years ago that my sister Cathy died unexpectedly from a brain aneurysm.
I was just a teenager -- and my sister was only 20.
What dreams did my sister leave behind, at such a young age?
When I think of Cathy (and other family members I have lost) my sadness is mixed with strength and courage.
I think about all the opportunities they will never experience -- and it shakes me up, and wakes me up!
That is probably why I have enthusiastically gone after my dreams all my life -- regardless of other people's opinions.
For example, in high school, I swam on the boy's swim team and joined the boy's water polo team.
It wasn't to make some feminist statement -- I just wanted to have tougher competition.
When I was awarded "Most Valuable Player", I was beaming. Not because of the award itself -- but because I felt satisfied with myself that I had done what no one else ever had before -- even in the face of strange comments from classmates who thought I was weird.
When I trotted off to Morocco to join the Peace Corps after graduate school, many people shook their head, unable to figure out why in the world I would want to leave the comforts of home for a "strange" and "dangerous" country.
Even my own husband was against my flying off to New Orleans in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina to break into people's homes with crow-bars to pull starving, terrified cats and dogs from certain death.
I went anyway.
I also got a lot of flak from people who could not believe that I was leaving my long-time job as the Director of Teacher Education and Professoinal Development at the University of California, Irvine some years ago to dive full-time into my yoga/health/wellness business.
Yes -- I left a steady job with good pay and benefits, but it was no longer as fulfilling as it once had been.
I had a stark moment of clarity when I realized I was no longer willing to trade away my life, energy and passion for a paycheck.
(Besides, as many people have discovered, you could lose your job on a moment's notice, so working for someone else -- even the government -- is not always secure.)
I wanted to spread my wings and soar!
Now, over a decade later, having built a successful, thriving business, I'm still discovering new areas where I'm taking risks.
For example, at the beginning of the year, I launched my line of Peggy Hall Wellness products, including my signature Youth Serum, Fat-Burning Fiber and handmade soaps. I've been amazed that this business is on track to surpass my Yoga for Surfers sales.
The way I look at it, life is about taking chances and believing in yourself -- and believing in your dreams.
It's normal to feel cautious, even nervous about taking massive action in a direction that could change your very life.
But, would you rather play it safe and let life pass you by?
Every time I'm tempted to do that, I think of my sister Cathy, and her short life. What dreams did she leave behind?
My hope and prayer for you is that you'll breathe in a sense of courage and purpose and intention -- and take action on your dreams today.
Please, don't sit on the sidelines and try to mask the feelings of regret later.
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In the meantime, I'd love to hear YOUR stories of courage, when you stepped out into the unknown and took flight!
Sending you blessings for inner strength and courage as you decide to make the most of your one precious body and one precious life!