Just Say No to Being Complacent by Djuanna BrockingtonBy Djuanna Brockington • Jun 12th, 2009 • Category: Musings of a Mid-Life Diva • Email This Post • Print This Post
You worked hard to get where you are. Time to sit back and enjoy the fruits of your labor. Let someone else worry about the climb. You have earned the right to rest on your laurels.
Except, have you ever noticed that the folks who are considered “successful” are always into something. Even when they don’t need the money, or the accolades, or the name recognition. There are those community mothers who are known by everyone and keep going until they can’t go anymore. The Seth Godins on the Internet who have made a name and a fortune, and yet continue to come up with new ideas and impart wisdom to their many followers along the way. And yep, there is even that group of billionaires who got together to figure out how they can collectively give away even more money than they already do.
A couple of months after I made the break from my full-time gig, I was having a conversation with a trusted friend and she called me adventurous. I had to stop her in mid- sentence and disagree with her. She had a hearty laugh and reminded me that it is often difficult to see yourself the way other people see you. And when she began to layout all the things that I had done since she’s known me, I began to think she was right- about my inability to see myself the way others do, but especially about calling me adventurous. If she had said those exact same things about someone else, I would have agreed wholeheartedly and without hesitation.
But my adventurous spirit is not about “doing” fun, wild, or scary things. It’s more about “being” a better person. I try to challenge myself to get to the next level, and the next, and lately, I have been challenging myself to create new levels and paradigms. Who says I have to do it the regular way? So, if I find myself in a fun, wild, or scary situation on my way to being a better mother, lover, writer, friend then it’s all good.
This writing thing is the scariest thing I’ve done in a while. And the most fulfilling. Funny how that works. If it all goes according to my plan- groovy. If not, the fun was in the doing, and I hope I learned a lot of good lessons. Either way, I feel more alive now than I have in a very long time.
When was the last time you pushed your own personal or professional limits?
Djuanna Brockington is a Southern Diva. Reading, writing, and running (on occasion) are her favorite things. Her short stories and novellas can be found on Amazon.com and BarnesandNoble.com. When not ranting on APOOO, she's ruminating on her own website: http://www.divafictionbytes.com
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