"Laugh at yourself, but don't ever aim your doubt at yourself. Be bold. When you embark for strange places, don't leave any of yourself safely on shore. Have the nerve to go into unexplored territory." -Alan Alda
I love this quote. The imagery of not leaving any of ourself safely on shore conjures up the image of a decisive leap, a jump, a decision to do something different - or differently - than we've ever done before.
And that's what makes life exciting.
If I can encourage you to do one thing, it's this - Do whatever you're dreaming. It doesn't have to be big, but to you it will never be small. It's your dream.
You can make a difference. Even if you feel you're circling the landing strip over and over again and never getting clearance to come on in. It's in the getting nowhere that character and patience and steadfastness is formed, if only you don't give up.
Never give up. Always have hope.
Tomorrow we celebrate America's birthday. This country was formed by boldness; by embarking for a strange place without leaving anyone or anything safely on shore. That took guts, commitment and resiliency, and a whole lot of not ever giving up.
May you have a wonderful July 4th remembering our heritage, our freedoms, and this great land in which we live.