Last week, Jen and I took our girls down to the beach. It was too cold to get in the water, but that didn’t stop them. I’ve never seen them run faster than when they’re headed for the water’s edge. They promise us they won’t get too wet, but you know how that works out. Without fail and despite my threats to not rescue them if they get in too deep, I inevitably end up completely soaked from the waist down.
She’s four now, but Jalen has always loved to chase the birds on the beach. If I’m quiet and still, I can picture her in a soggy diaper, barely able to walk, but somehow able to run after them. She’d chase them – they’d fly away – she’d crack up and try again. She’d have done this for miles in the freezing cold if we would have let her.
My friend, Robert D Smith, is one of the most free living, out of the box thinking, mold breakers I know! Every time I’m with him, I leave inspired and challenged. He has a truly unique perspective and is among the happiest, most upbeat people I know. Best of all, it’s real. What you see is what you get.
Over the course of our friendship, I’ve come to realize that Robert lives differently than the rest of us because he thinks differently the rest of us. For instance, I recently asked him what he would say to my friend who has a very common problem. She struggles to stay optimistic and hopeful in a job where she’s miserable and unfulfilled. It seems to her that she’s wasting her life away.
Two and a half years ago, my friend Debbie began to sense it was a time for a change. Her husband had been very successful in his work, but as the economy and his industry took a downturn, it was impossible to predict the future. It felt unwise to trust that work would flow as freely as it always had, or that his position would remain secure. Debbie had never worked outside of her home, but the kids were growing up and moving out. She wanted to contribute and to be proactive. She began to dream.
All eyes were on her when she stepped out to start her own business. She’d raised incredible kids and had served her community well, but with no actual business experience, everything she faced was for the first time. Everything she attempted was from square one. Facing a thousand fears and shortcomings along the way, I watched my friend begin to build something from nothing.
My friend, Kate, has a dream. Strike that. She was absolutely, positively born to do the thing she’s dreaming of. I’m sure of it – not just because it’s her dream, but also because her idea will better the world. It’s one of those things where you say, “That hasn’t been done yet? Why hasn’t that been done yet?! Are you still here talking to me? Get up and go do that!”