“It does not take much strength to do things, but it requires great strength to decide on what to do.” Elbert Hubbard
“It is not because things are difficult that we do not dare; it is because we do not dare that they are difficult.”Anonymous
Every spring I think about life decisions, it seems the spring is nature’s way to help you think about starting fresh. This is the time to plant a garden and regardless of the previous years harvest, you have the opportunity to impact the next harvest. Each spring high school and college graduates need to decide what to do next. I remember both springs when I had to make these decision. As I have moved through 59 springs, I have realized each year you have an opportunity to rethink your harvest from the previous year and adjust your energy to impact then next harvest.
The spring provides the time to clean out your mind and dream, the sunshine and the longer days give you time to sit and just let the sun hit your face. Allow for daydreaming and give yourself some space to think new thoughts. Once you have the dream that feels right for you the next thing to do is to share the dream. Saying the dream out loud helps you to move forward to achieve it.
I remember being in high school and trying to decide where to go college and what to study. My guidance counsel thought I should go to a two year college to get a degree in nursing, think back on this I am still in shock. I had only dreamt about going to college, I had not spent time on thinking about what degree or where. I was good in math and science, so I took my guidance counsel’s advice and applied to four colleges for nursing. As I started to get the acceptance, I remember telling my mother I am not sure nursing is what I am interested in. She laughed and said she wondered when I was going to realize I was not interested in being a nurse, I hated blood. So I regrouped and applied to two more colleges for business. I had an interest in business and my high school boyfriend’s father thought I was good with numbers because I could beat him in card games. He was an executive at GE and he told me more women should be getting business degrees.
I remember driving to Siena College on a beautiful spring day and could feel the connection to the college and started to dream this was the place for me. Once I could see myself attending Siena, then I realized I just had to figure out how to pay for it.
“There is no limit to what you can imagine. And with commitment, with effort, what you can imagine you can become. Put your mind to work for you. Believe that you can do it. The world will tell you that you can’t. Yet, in your belief you’ll find the strength, you’ll find the ability, to do it anyway.” Ralph Marston