“Man cannot discover new oceans unless he has the courage to lose sight of the shore.” ~Andre Gide
When we stumble upon things that make us think or people who inspire us, we delve into new prospects and in the process find parts of our hidden selves. How much knowledge, emotion, and opinion are held within our hearts and minds in which we aren’t even aware? Sometimes the strangest things trigger a flood within us, and in no time we are on a voyage.
Have you ever set out to do something or go somewhere and are pleasantly rerouted? Perhaps you even attempted to do something for someone else and found it was more for your benefit than theirs. That often happens in the essence of giving time and service.
This stumble or rerouting is much of how I came upon most of my creative venues. It’s also how I’ve found jobs and made many friends.
We inspire others as well. I enjoy making jewelry, but it leaves me with painful, swollen fingers so I rarely do it. Nor do I excel at it. However, I posted some photos of my creations on my Facebook page. A long-ago friend contacted me with a ton of questions which I answered. Before long, she’d gotten in touch with beading communities, bought supplies, and she was off. She had a talent for jewelry making and launched a thriving business. It’s interesting how we are accidentally thrust into situation that move us forward or change the direction of our lives.
Have you ever been the catalyst to someone else’s success? Have you ever had someone else pave the way on a portion of your journey? Tell us the story of your once uncharted territory.
“The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes.” ~Marcel Proust