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Sail Away from the Safe Harbor

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Mark Twain said, “Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do.  So throw off the bowlines.  Sail away from the safe harbor.  Catch the trade winds in your sails.  Explore.  Dream.  Discover.” It is a powerful statement.  There are few of us who can look back over the last twenty years and know that we chose to sail away from the safe harbor and catch the trade winds in our sails.  I am always inspired when I read about someone who has done just that…someone who has left what would have been the safe and expected route for the path of a dream.

I was reading a post the other day on a blog called The Middle Finger Project.  The post was about the reality that one must have more than passion to make things happen.  Conviction must accompany passion in order for there to be real change.  I loved what I read and let Ashley, the author of TMFP know it.  Passion, if that is all we have, can cause us to burn and burn and leave us in a heap of ashes, but put it together with conviction and we can get off our ass.  Ashley wrote in her post about Sarah, a lovely gal who is an excellent example of passion and conviction.

I was very moved by Sarah’s story and have not been able to stop thinking about it.  Sarah was headed to law school when she changed her plans and instead headed to Uganda.  She fell head over heals in love with the people that she encountered.  Sarah knew in her deepest heart that she must “throw off the bowlines.” She knew that what her soul longed for was not in the classroom of the law school where she was headed.  I am certain it was not an easy decision or one that garnered her a plethora of support along the way.  Choosing to “sail away from the safe harbor” rarely does begin with a ticker-tape parade.  However, if we allow ourselves the opportunity to listen to that voice, that small and powerful voice that resides in our deepest parts, we will not look back in twenty years and be disappointed.  I whole-heartedly agree with Mr. Twain on that count.

Sarah’s courage lead to a vision of empowering the women of Uganda and the non-profit organization called Sis-Hope.  She does that in a very practical and beautiful way.  I want you to read about her story and the hope that she gives directly to the young women that she serves.  I believe it is a perfect representation of Living Beyond the Pale!  Stepping outside of the boundaries that have been set for us can seem, oh, so scandalous, at the outset, but in doing so, we can bring life and love to those who need it most!

I bought a few of Sarah’s bags today and I couldn’t have felt better about buying something.  It is as Mother Teresa said, “In this life we cannot do great things.  We can only do small things with great love.”  Thanks Sarah for giving me an opportunity to do something small, with great love, for the young women of Uganda!  And thanks for choosing to live beyond the pale…you inspire me!

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“I am a frayed and nibbled survivor in a fallen world, and I am getting along. I am aging and eaten and have done my share of eating too. I am not washed and beautiful, in control of a shining world in which everything fits, but instead am wondering awed about on a splintered wreck I've come to care for, whose gnawed trees breathe a delicate air, whose bloodied and scarred creatures are my dearest companions, and whose beauty bats and shines not in its imperfections but overwhelmingly in spite of them...” Annie Dillard

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