Sunday, 8 June 2014

A Call To Action

"It's never too late to be what you might have been" -George Eliot

Here is a call to action. It has always been a reminder for me to keep on target and not lose sight of the big picture. I haven't always known where my target is or quite what the big picture encompasses. Often knowing what it isn't is enough. I clearly remember, many years ago, saying to my ex husband with strong emotion, 'I don't want to do work in an office anymore being an accountant.'

'What do you want to do?' was his obvious reply.
'Something creative.'
'Like what?'
'I don't know.'
The shrug of his shoulders and bemused look, said it all.

The key to my future was that it needed to be something creative. I needed challenges - exciting challenges which would allow my creativity to bloom. I didn't realise the depth of my need at the time. When everything in my life completely changed five years later I embraced an entirely new career which has expanded and changed and creatively challenged me ever since. This blog is part of the rich tapestry of that challenge.

'It's never too late to be what you might have been' means for me, always being creative, and having variety with tasks. When familiarity and the world of the blasé strike, back I go into, 'How can I do this differently?'

The way I work my life is to have big goals and a big picture. How I will achieve my goals, I'm not quite certain - the secretaries of the sky can help me there. I do know, for me, the more I am in touch with the creative woman within, the happier I am.

Give it a go. Do some of those courses you have been putting off for years. Take up that hobby with enthusiasm. Look at your career and think clearly if it has all the elements in it to give you happiness. Some annoying elements you can live with. Being a square peg in a round hole, you must not tolerate!

What about the fear of giving away security? What about that? I know it is frightening. I have been there too. What I want for you is satisfaction and pleasure each day.

There is nothing more satisfying than knowing you are making a difference in the lives of others and knowing, as well, a feeling of confidence and self esteem.

There will be a way for you to have those feelings. Decide that's what you desire more than anything. Now, what are you prepared to do to make it happen?

Know that the very best for you will always come your way, if only you allow it to.

Follow your dreams.

In November 2006 I followed my dream and travelled to Rwanda to teach some orphans photography.  I would like to take up the challenge again and travel to another part of the world and see if I can make a small difference.


Mike Smith said...

Peggy, what a wonderful and inspiring post. I am at the stage you were and am seriously thinking about giving up my job and training for a new, worthwhile career. I have doubts but having read your words - well, you're an inspiration! Thank you!

Christine said...

I would have never guessed you were an accountant in a former life, you seem so much more of an entrepreneur personality. Great advice today, it inspires hope for all.

bill lisleman said...

Dreams and challenges differ for us all. They also change as we age. Just the challenge of raising and caring for a family can be all consuming in some parts of the world for many people. I suspect we are mostly in agreement on this. Getting out of your comfort zone no matter what your situation is a good challenge.
Rwanda - I imagine that would be out most westerners comfort zones.

Marja said...

I am proud of you. There are not many people who can give up their well trodden path and follow their heart. Very inspirational!
I am reading a book at the moment which touches on these things as well. I will email the title to you. I think you will love it as well. The photo of Rwanda is gorgeous. You must go again and if you do I can't wait to hear all about it. Can't wait to hear either what your choice would be. Lots of love

miruspeg said...

Mike, Christine, Bill, Marja
Thank you so much for your very touching words,they make my heart sing. Also thank you for your friendship.

This will be my final blog post as I now feel it has served its purpose and I am now ready for a different path.

Thank you for being with me on this blogging journey since 2008. It would have been boring as hell without you.

Take care and don't forget to follow your dreams.
Big heart hugs
Peggy xxxxx

Relyn Lawson said...

Your banner is just wonderful. I just had to tell you.

miruspeg said...

Thank you Relyn.
I took the photo at my yearly visit to Sculpture by the Sea exhibition in Bondi, Sydney, Australia.
They have some outstanding sculptures.
Hope you are well my friend.
Keep shining. xxxx

Relyn Lawson said...

I am doing well. Glad to be back to blog-hopping and getting in touch with friends.

Lilly said...

It is hard to think of you as an Accountant Peggy. I only think of you as a creative being (although some accountants have to be clever with numbers). This is as always a very inspirational post and love the music choice. Where are you going next? I often think about all the Haitian orphans now and have been reading about those rescue organisations. Hope you are well. I am not a funeral consultant lol. I am still plodding along though and back to a little blogging.

Can-Can said...

Such true and inspiring advice - and on my birthday.

miruspeg said...

Hey Lilly
Sorry I have taken so long to reply, life has been deliciously busy!

My next adventure will be to the Philippines in September 2015. I work with a lady who is from the Philippines and will travel with them when they visit their homeland in 2015.
My friend's parents have set up a school for the underprivileged and I hope to help out financially and physically while also enjoying their wonderful country.

Take care my friend. xxxxx

miruspeg said...

Hey Candelaria
Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment.
Hope you had a wonderful birthday.
May the present and future hold immense joy and excellent health.
Namaste and hugs. xxx