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Getting Unstuck From GO

It's February and most people I know have pissed away their New Year's Resolutions.After this Monday's post about my new piece over at MochaManual.com, a friend sent me a congratulatory email saying the following:

"I am happy to see that your writing has really taken off. Congrats on the new spot. Confucius said: 'A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.' You are past the first step and have hit your stride. I wish you continued blessings doing what you love so that [you will not have to work all the days of your life.] More than that your children will know the importance of not just following, but living their dreams.

Peace and Blessings..."

Nearly everything follows this order when it comes to us humans. My being a pontificating father of a thirteen year old and a three year old began with one step (0bviously) then many more successive ones. The same goes for being a husband, a son, and even being African American (not that I had a choice on this one - or would have it any other way). Not all of my steps were sure steps, nor will all of the ones from this point. There's no manual on this stuff. The same goes for my writing. If someone had told me ten years ago, that it would take at least ten years for me to "hit my stride" with my writing: 1) I would've laughed in their face; and 2) had I believed them, I never would've gone past GO.

But that's just how this life is, a collection of steps --- a cumulative journey --- a trip along a set of tracks. The results along the way can bear tasty (and lucrative) fruit, but the path is where the real treasure lies.

Following yesterday's post about remaining financially afloat, I believe now is as good a time as any to go after your dreams - to get unstuck from GO. After the 9/11 attacks almost no one was flying. But a friend of mine who decided to take the risk, played the field and crisscrossed the country for no more than $25 a flight and stayed in 5-star hotels for pennies. The same applies for now. I can't tell you how to do it because your path is yours for you and you alone to sort out. But first and foremost do you have the guts to make a move (even with kids) past GO?

Well...do you?

Will you?

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