This morning as I contemplate the ending of another month I keep hearing Petrie from The Land Before Time (a animated movie from when I was a kid) in his eager voice questioning, "I flied?" Throughout the movie his friends would inform him, "no, Petrie, you falled." As I have faced a number of opportunities being offered to me this month I too have turned to my friends to talk it out. They all have their opinions and advice to share and all are helpful in the piece they contribute. Ultimately I will be the one to make those decisions, however, because it is my life and my story. I know which friends to ask to get which aspects that I may have overlooked. Most of us have a friend that is more conservative, a friend that plays by the book, a friend that throws caution to the wind, etc. Yet these opinions are only to give me another perspective because they have not walked the same path I have walked and they are not headed to the same place I am going. I love that in talking to my friends about the possibilities and brainstorming the pros and cons of each that they also recognize this role. I cannot help but wonder how Petrie's story would have been different though if his friends had not corrected him. If instead of asking them if he had flown and them responding he had not, what if they had given him the belief he had for just a short flight. What if they had responded, "You flied a little!"? In the end it did not matter because Petrie kept trying and he did fly. In the end it was up to him whether he gave up or kept trying. In the end it was only himself that could write his story and he succeeded. I'm grateful to have friends that are supportive and encouraging. I'm grateful to hear all their opinions and brainstorms on all that is going on in my life. I'm grateful to know that they will be supportive if I follow their advice or not. I'm grateful to know I can fly. I'm grateful to have experienced it in many ways and I'm grateful for the new opportunities that offer more ways to grow and fly. I'm grateful to trust my judgement on what is best for me. And I'm grateful to know that if I stumble those same amazing friends will be right there. How have you "flied"? Who is there for you whether you fly or fall? What opportunities are you willing to take that risk on? May your day be blessed with supportive friends and may you take the opportunities that allow you to fly. Have a beautiful day!
I believe the way to a better future starts with gratitude today.