In the last 5 years or so, we have both gone through a process of steadily learning to put ourselves out there in the world, more and more. We are each noticing an ability to thrive at higher levels without such a large self imposed safety net.
Being able to logically asses risk while gaining the skills that only come from having genuine failures under your belt is a true balancing act. It also builds a level of confidence that cannot be achieved while hiding out in the 'safe zone'.
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The idea of risk versus reward has been on my mind a lot this week.
My risk for this week has been relatively small but the reward was bigger than I would have thought. While preparing for obedience classes to start, I decided to take my chihuahua to a puppy socialization group. It turns out the group is mostly great BIG puppies- puppies that gain more weight in a week than my puppy will ever weigh when he is full grown! I have to admit that I sweated buckets and wanted to run away while my dog hid in the corner during most of the first group session. But the second session was so much better! I am glad that I sucked it up and took Tanner back to the group, even though I was feeling quite apprehensive. He was much better this time, venturing away from the walls and interacting with some of the other dogs. It was obvious that he was so proud of himself, with his head and tail held high.
My husband is taking a bigger risk this week. He is in Dallas, TX for an interview that will happen tomorrow. He feels really good about his chances this time. He took his favorite shirt with thin purple stripes, rather than the safer light blue one. He says he feels like he belongs now that he is back in Texas. We have been through this process so many times. It would be easy to get burnt out and give up. And yet we won't. Although it has been difficult to be patient, it has been fun to watch my husband gain confidence in his abilities to demonstrate his knowledge and skill and KNOW that he will find the right fit for him. Even if this is not 'it' for us and we end up waiting longer to get to Texas, we both know it WILL happen eventually.
As for now, tomorrow is another opportunity to walk the high wire of life as it was meant to be done- without a net!