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By LuAnn Schindler


Original views on life in rural America LuAnn Schindler, Publisher


October 15, 2020

“Do one thing every day that scares you.”

When our 10-year-old grandson was relaying a story about reading aloud in class, Eleanor Roosevelt’s quote came to mind.

It’s not that he dislikes reading outloud. He told us he wants to feel confident about speaking in front of a group of people, and to do that, he will need to step outside his comfort zone.

It’s okay, Jorden. It doesn’t matter if you’re 10 or 60. We all have a comfort zone. How we approach that area filled with fear is what sets individuals apart.

The journey resembles a classic story arc: exposition for understanding in the beginning, suspense and some drama at the top of the arc, and then, actions determine the resolution.

Some people settle in, letting life revolve around a small circle controlling actions and reactions, never poking a toe outside the ring to experience life.

Others, after evaluation and a lot of self-reflection, take a giant leap, never looking back, wondering why they didn’t move sooner.

Sure, letting go of the intangible security blanket feels dangerous, swirls with uncertainty, drums up a lot of what-ifs.

And sure, it’s all comfy and cozy and you fall into a routine that, eventually, runs on autopilot.

If you stay in one place though, never experiencing life outside the small realm you relish, it will be difficult to experience personal growth.

If you kick back and wait for the life you hope for, you’ll experience a long wait. It doesn’t happen.

I can’t imagine living a stagnant life, I prefer to pursue my passion. Obviously, Scott and I took a leap when we started a business. It’s been worth every late night and long road trip.

Magic happens when you take the first step. It can for you, too.


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