Hello SOTGC community,
It was too early on a Sunday morning and I managed to slip into the church pews right as the band started their last song. With my coffee in hand, I sang along while taking quick gulps to speed up the caffeine intake. Well, at least I made it, I thought to myself as I smiled at the pastor who had just made his presence on stage. Drifting into deep thought, I snapped back as he told a story about a groaning dog who was lying on a nail on his master’s front porch. When someone asked the master why his dog did not get up and move, he replied that the nail didn’t hurt him bad enough. That afternoon, I took a moment to reflect on my personal life and my career and whether or not I was lying on a nail that wasn’t quite painful enough to move away from.
In each area of my life, I found a nail that was justified by a lame excuse. In my personal life, I kept spending money on fun things. Oh, but at least I can afford rent. At work, I wasn’t developing like I wanted to. Oh, but I am still young and have time. With each situation I wondered why I didn’t just get up and move to a cushier spot.
Well, luckily for me it didn’t take much self-reflection to realize that I have the ability to get up and move to a happier spot. I kept lying on the nail because it didn’t hurt badly enough and it was easier to stay. But in the end, I could gain so much happiness by standing up and taking control of my life.
I guess this is where I announce that I have accepted a new job where I feel most valued and that will foster my professional development. I am absolutely thrilled for this change, and I hope that you too will be inspired to move off of your nails. As for my finances, it’s a work in progress but I have started getting up to find a cozier spot.
For all of the nails that you are lying on, I encourage you to take a chance, make a change, and share this link on your favorite social media sites.