Posts tagged “career

What floats YOUR boat?

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The progression of my professional life hasn’t been anything I could have foreseen when I was in my 20′, my 30’s or even my 40’s…

And now that I’m in the 2nd half of my 50’s…once again it has taken a turn I didn’t foresee, predict or even necessarily desire..

But in this latest turn of events, I’ll say I’m closer to being in a place that feels right … at least in this moment.

The uncertainties will always be there – and in retrospect I see – that they have always been there. We can be lulled into a false sense of security with the day to day sameness that happens.

Make no mistake, there is no such thing as lifetime security…at least not for most people.

So finding whatever it is that “floats your boat” – for at least that particular moment in time, is a blessing. A blessing to be enjoyed and savored like a fine wine.

And I’m thankful that at this moment in time, I’ve found it.

Life isn’t what we plan…

DockatHarkers Life isn’t what we plan – it is what happens while we plan. I’ve been working on a new venture for me – something way outside my comfort zone. Do I have what it takes? Are my skills something that others would pay for? Am I really as good as I think I am? Am I really as good as my friends say I am?  Am I risking everything I have on a dream that should just stay a dream? Why do I punch so many proverbial ‘holes’ in my confidence? Why do I question my abilities instead of building my confidence on them? What is that intangible trait that others have that I don’t have that makes them think they can and should … ‘just do it’? I read a quote today by Zig Ziegler – “If you aim at nothing, you will hit it every time.” and I ask myself – what am I aiming for? Can I unequivocally answer that? My aim seems to be a bit muddled, cloudy, shaky. At my age – shouldn’t I know by now what I want? And in that ‘knowing’ – shouldn’t I be able to aim for that and go for it without this unending doubt in myself and in the future? When your anchor is ripped from your starboard bow and the motor is just sputtering at half power and your compass has lost its direction….you feel as tho you are dead in the water. Some folks would say – ‘buck up – get to work and stay busy.’ Others would say – pray. And then there’s folks like me, who have spent most of their lives letting the current determine their direction…We need that nudge to show us a way to go. It isn’t that we don’t want to work. It isn’t that we don’t want to be productive members of society. What it is … is a need to see a way … a current … a flow of energy. To be sure not without rocks and rapids … because that is part of it – but at least a current to guide us in our journey. I’ve lost my current…and I’ve lost my anchor…and it feels like I’m in the dead water…