Trail Blazing

“Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.”

– Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)

I grew up in rural Georgia. My friends and I had lots of woods and unchartered ground to play and ride bikes through all day long. Even then, and more so now, being in the woods makes me a bit apprehensive. Noises, directions, critters…I can do it and be tough about it, but I don’t go seeking the opportunity, if you know what I mean.

When I got out of the military after 11 years, the common thought was to go get a government job that called for my specific training. Steady salary, regular hours, good benefits…it was a sweet deal. But I had a dream of living life on my terms and that did not include working for anybody else. I had to see what else was out there.

Enough about me, you say, what’s the point? Glad you asked. The point is that leaving the path to chart your own trail is not the point. It is a great gut check and a vital first step, but it is not the main thing. The point is that once you have made the decision to blaze the way – a real decision with honest reasons and great intentions – you keep putting one foot in front of the other regardless of obstacle or second thoughts. Going where there is no path is easy. Leaving a trail and creating effectual change requires focus, tenacity and an unwavering sense of ability in yourself.

Today I want to encourage you to examine your decision to blaze a trail. Remember why you learned that new thing, started that business or made those decisions to try something different. Remember why it was important to you. Think about all the reasons you know you can do it. Remember that you knew before you started that there would be some rough spots and you resolved then, and you resolve again now, to not let that stop you. You are Tuesday’s Warrior – you can make it happen.

Baseball is going to the Dogs

I love baseball. It thrills me that Savannah has a minor league team (even if they are a farm team for the Mets). I appreciate when the Sand Gnats, and organizations like them get involved in the community.

So I wanted to pass along that Thursday, June 26th will be Coastal Pet Rescue night at Grayson Stadium. To celebrate the work of Coastal Pet Rescue volunteers, a real dog will catch the first pitch and there will be a few dogs looking for new homes.

If you are interested in attending, you can purchase tickets in advance through Coastal Pet Rescue with 50% of the proceeds benefiting the organization. You can find more information online.

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