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Friday, May 13, 2011

You Are Never Too Old [Or Too Young] to Set Another Goal or to Dream a New Dream. - C. S. Lewis

This is my entry for the monthly Christian Writer’s Blog chain whose theme this month is journey. So I thought it best to open with some famous quotes about life’s journeys before I add my own thoughts…

"Do the difficult things while they are easy and do the great things while they are small. A journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step." Lao Tzu, Chinese Philosopher

“The road of life twists and turns and no two directions are ever the same. Yet our lessons come from the journey, not the destination.” Don Williams, Jr., Novelist and Poet

“Focus on the journey, not the destination. Joy is found not in finishing an activity but in doing it.” Greg Anderson, founder of the American Wellness Project.

“Success is not a place at which one arrives, but rather the spirit with which one undertakes and continues the journey.” Alex Noble, author

"When you have completed 95 percent of your journey, you are only halfway there." Japanese Proverb

I am especially drawn to the last quote as it is quite appropriate for my current life journey. I recently completed one week of intense study followed by 10 days of on-the-job training for a new career. This is a change to a new career from the one I had for 25 years. It wasn’t a change due to job burn-out but rather economic necessity. It’s a bit humbling being in a career for that long and then starting over once again.

However, I know that I am not in a unique position. Several of my friends are in similar situations as their companies are downsizing and letting go of the older, higher paid staff. Some use it as a springboard for trying something new that they always wanted to do. Others are at a loss as to what to do. For those who are not spiritually grounded, this can be a time when they spiral out of control, pretend nothing is wrong, or wreck relationships with misplaced anger.

For me this time of transition in my journey means having faith and moving forward trusting that God will guide me. Like Martin Luther King, Jr. said, “Faith is taking the first step even when you don't see the whole staircase.” It also reminds me that I can still be taught new things despite being an “old dog” – though I don’t feel old. It also teaches me what is really essential and what I can let go of as just “things.” I am putting many things up for sale on Craig’s list that have been more taking up space than being of need. In doing so, I am starting to see the security blankets that I am still clutching.

About two years ago I started to try to transitions to a career in writing. The income has not been as forthcoming as I had hoped. I can no longer afford to write and research for extensive hours – thus the training for a new job. I do plan to journal the stages of this new journey as a new form of writing. I hope that it can then be put together in a book to help others with their journey of starting over.


  1. Good luck with your new job. You have a great attitude and I'm sure your journey will be inspirational to others. Thanks for sharing during this time of transition!

  2. Interesting post. You're correct, our world seems to be in an accelerating period of transition. Best of luck has you grapple with these changes.
    Peace and Blessings

  3. Thought provoking post, Chris! I loved the quotes also. I know your journey was necessary but I hope you enjoy it. May you be blessed as you walk through it.

  4. Hard place in a hard economy, but you approach it from a perspective of hope and adventure and opportunity. Bravo! May others be blessed and encouraged to step out as God leads, even when -- maybe especially when -- it's not what they might have chosen, knowing that He is enough, more than enough...really, all we need. Blessings, Chris!

  5. Good post, Chris. It's not easy starting over like that, but your trust and positive attitude will help make the transition easier. You have your eyes in the right place, and I know you'll do well as you travel this new path.

  6. I will keep you in my prayers as you make this transition. Definitely not easy, but God has a way of smoothing out the rough areas of life. Looking forward to reading about this next step in your journey! :)

  7. These are some really wonderful quotes, Chris. Thanks for sharing. I like to think that getting there is, indeed, most of the fun

  8. I went through a similar transition in my own journey a couple of years ago. Sometimes, when we're solidly entrenched in a certain groove, God has to (somewhat forcibly) pop us out of that groove and help us change direction, lest we allow comfort and security to lull us into mediocrity. It can be an uncomfortable, sometimes even painful, process, but the very fact that it's happening is usually a sign that it needed to happen.

    I'll be praying for the other half of your journey--that remaining 5%--in hopes that it reveals something far better than you could've imagined.

    Thanks for sharing!

  9. Thank you for this post, Chris. It hit a mark with me.

    Like you, I am in a state of transition. Luckily, it is within the same company, but the transition is from Corporate Admin in the Major Construction Sales & Estimating group to a Project Admin on a construction site with the Data Services group.

    There will be a learning curve offset by my love of computers (I'm transferring to a Data Center project site) and my enjoyment of learning new "geeky" stuff. The biggest challenge in the transition is the fact that my husband and I are moving from Western Washington through the pass to Eastern Washington.

    Instead of a house that we own, it will be a house that we rent while we rent out our owned house. Instead of knowing that we will have a permanent position out there, we only know that he is assigned on his project for 18 months.
    There are a lot of uncertainties and unknowns.

    The only known is that God is good, God is faithful, and He never allows us to struggle through what we cannot handle with Him by our side.

  10. Life is always interesting when circumstances force you to take a road you hadn't mapped out. It's then that we rely on God to lead the way.

  11. Great words of wisdom! You can't be afraid to take that first step--as I keep telling my husband who's burnt out on his own job--or you'll never get to where you want to be. God is in control, but He only suggests to us the right path--we have to be the ones to get on it and stay on it!

  12. Thanks one and all for your encouragement!