Sunday Thought For The Day

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"When just starting out on a new journey it's only natural to feel vulnerable. After all, it may seem that you have much to lose. But may I remind you that never again, at any other point in the same journey, will you have so much to gain." ~ Mike Dooley

Lance writes stories from his heart, aiming to inspire and motivate, as you align more fully with YOUR true peak. When he's not here, you can find him hanging out with his family, riding a bike, or just generally acting goofy.   Sign up for the Thoughts from the Treehouse newsletter and get additional inspiration in your email inbox!
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Zeenat{Positive Provocations} October 25, 2009 at 2:13 am

Hi Lance,
This is such a perfect way to start my Sunday. This feeling of vulnerability was there all the time as i was packing to relocate. Wondering what was ahead, is it the right thing to do, what next…but then that was my logical head talking.As for my heart it was all jumpy and excited at the possibilities and the adventure.
But its so so true, that, that almost surreal feeling will never ever come back…cause each moment is unique and so is each feeling that comes with it. So cherish every moment and every experience, so that you may truly remember that very feeling and learn from it…a little more about yourself.
Thank you for this almost nostalgic Sunday thought 🙂
.-= Zeenat{Positive Provocations}´s Last Fabulous Post ..Why Are We Here? {Inspirational Quote} =-.


Hilary October 25, 2009 at 2:32 am

Hi Lance .. it looks like your blog is on a time zone .. now it’s my turn – on our daylight saving day. How appropriate for me at the moment .. Things have changed and now I can move on and as your quote says .. it is up to me. I love the picture with the key and birds leading away, with that brief ‘clutch of coat’ before setting out – boldly to achievement: the dawning of the next phase.

Thanks an excellent thought for the day ahead –
Hilary Melton-Butcher
Positive Letters Inspirational Stories
.-= Hilary´s Last Fabulous Post ..Provender Hedgerows with Autumn Colours =-.


Suzie Cheel October 25, 2009 at 3:25 am

Amazing how timely and in sync your Sunday Thoughts are:) with where I am at in my life- just last week started on a new path which is at the same time both exciting and scarry so understand that vulnerable state
.-= Suzie Cheel´s Last Fabulous Post ..How I Used EFT To Lower My Blood Pressure =-.


Dr. Rus October 25, 2009 at 4:04 am

Hey Lance!

What a great thought for today! Especially since I’m starting something new here today. Very timely, and very encouraging.

Dr. Rus
.-= Dr. Rus´s Last Fabulous Post ..Not Sinning =-.


Yira October 25, 2009 at 5:14 am

WOW! This is so how I feel these days. Your timing is simply amazing. You know, I’m moving to a secluded military base where the only way in and out is via a military flight that goes to only certain parts of the country. In other words, the idea that I can’t just get in my car and drive to another state or city is a little confining I think? Anyway, I am working hard to embrace what this place has to offer because so many others before me already live there and tell me how great it is. I think I can find myself really enjoying the little details and low demands I will live with over the next three years. Definitely a lot to gain and I am looking forward to this new adventure with my family. Thanks for the reminder Lance!!

.-= Yira´s Last Fabulous Post ..The beauty of the day =-.


Miz October 25, 2009 at 5:34 am

I LOVE THIS and have never ever heard it before.
The vulnerable piece Id thought about—the so much to gain? never entered my mind.

Thanks Lance.
.-= Miz´s Last Fabulous Post ..Everything went well yesterday. =-.


Tom Volkar / Big Link Rally October 25, 2009 at 5:58 am

Good Morning Lance,

Right at the point of a new start I seldom feel vulnerable. But just days or sometimes even hours in when my own judgment gets in the way the vulnerability kicks in as well. I guess it’s always there. But I like the strong side of this quote. It makes me thing of all that wonderful fresh start energy just waiting to be aligned for good.
.-= Tom Volkar / Big Link Rally´s Last Fabulous Post ..First Be Authentic In Three Key Ways =-.


Peggy Nolan October 25, 2009 at 6:30 am

What a GREAT way to start my Sunday and my “do nothing” day…a reminder of the greatness to come despite my vulnerability. This quote is going down in my quote journal…and I do believe I’ll be making space for it on my fridge as a constant reminder that I must step through the vulnerable moment to get to the other side 😉
.-= Peggy Nolan´s Last Fabulous Post ..Your Moment of Bliss ~ Gloucester, MA =-.


Joanna October 25, 2009 at 6:41 am

I know this is true, I know this is true, I know this is true. 😉
.-= Joanna´s Last Fabulous Post ..Sunday School =-.


Jenny Mannion October 25, 2009 at 6:47 am

Sooo true Lance. We can definitely psych ourselves out a bit – if we let our ego recite all the possible ways something new can and WILL go wrong. Instead if we are open and excited about the process and all the possibilities for growth and learning that lie ahead – what a different experience we can have. Another gorgeous and inspiring quote Lance on this beautiful Sunday morning — thank you.
Love, Jenny
.-= Jenny Mannion´s Last Fabulous Post ..Discover how to Heal Pain Naturally =-.


Jannie Funster October 25, 2009 at 6:53 am

Ha! The story of my life. Vulnerable, always. Gaining always. Ideally I’d like to give more than I gain, so I’ll keep working on that.

Happy Sunday, Lance!
.-= Jannie Funster´s Last Fabulous Post ..Kids With Broken Arms Are People Too =-.


Erin Brooks October 25, 2009 at 7:32 am

So true! I’m on a new journey and do feel vulnerable but I have loved ones guiding me through!
.-= Erin Brooks´s Last Fabulous Post ..White Chocolate and PB Cheesecake? =-.


Stacey Shipman October 25, 2009 at 8:12 am

I just lived this when I auditioned for that TV show. I didn’t get a call back, which to some may seem like a failure. But heck no! I learned so much (it’s in blog post draft form, up this week!) so true. I learned about vulnerability a few years ago – putting yourself out there is scary, leaves room for judgment….yikes.

No matter what we have something to gain. When we do something we learn about ourselves, the process and what we can do differently next time!


Jeanne October 25, 2009 at 8:14 am

I love your quotes and photographs and all that you share
.-= Jeanne´s Last Fabulous Post ..Bavarian Snow =-.


Karl Staib - Work Happy Now October 25, 2009 at 8:22 am

There is so much fear and other emotions wrapped up in starting a new project. I know that I always hesitate before doing something that will take a lot of effort. I want to be as sure as I can that whatever it is I’m working on is worth my time and will give a lot of value. This contemplation is where I learn the most. So many thoughts and ideas.

I never really thought of my projects in this way until this quote. Thanks opening my perspective this Sunday morning.
.-= Karl Staib – Work Happy Now´s Last Fabulous Post ..The Hard, The Fun and The Beautiful – Cockroach Edition =-.


Lisis October 25, 2009 at 8:25 am

You may, Lance. Please do… remind me from time to time. 🙂
.-= Lisis´s Last Fabulous Post ..Inspiration: Helen Keller “Great and Noble Tasks” =-.


Natalia Burleson October 25, 2009 at 8:31 am

What a great thought to start my day with! 🙂 I tend to focus on what there is to lose…need to change the way I think!

Thanks for the great thought on this wonderful Sunday morning! 🙂
.-= Natalia Burleson´s Last Fabulous Post ..A Hobby! =-.


Lynn October 25, 2009 at 8:35 am

Sometimes it is like a (literal) jump off a cliff, starting a new journey. But the adventure of it and potential benefits are so so worth it. When I left my corporate job to go back to college, I could hardly stand to drive by my old office building for a while – thinking I might have made a mistake. But those two years of school were the happiest years of my life. It was worth the journey and I am still on it.
.-= Lynn´s Last Fabulous Post ..They’re back, connection and coasters =-.


Jewel/Pink Ink October 25, 2009 at 8:39 am

Great thought, Lance. I feel that way now that I have decided to branch out into the musical unknown. I remind myself to enjoy the journey, and not just hold out for the destination…whatever that could be.

Have a beautiful Sunday!


suzen October 25, 2009 at 9:11 am

Fabulous thought to chew on, Lance! And when I do think about this, it dawns on me that those moments of vulnerability as I take a step forward, or maybe alter my course, are, indeed, the ego’s grip on Monkey Mind using doubt and fear on me, questioning “Why?” “You sure about this?”

Being aware of the source of any hesitation or doubt is half the battle, don’t you think? So it’s duct tape for the Monkey! I have subscribed to the “Walk confidently in your knowing” approach. And what about this “knowing”? Do I know where I am going or what will happen? Ha! Nope! I only “know” I am meant to walk, not stagnate myself.

Thanks for ALWAYS glorious photo’s and thoughtful challenges.
.-= suzen´s Last Fabulous Post ..No Fear, No Doubt, Just Fly!!!! =-.


Jay Schryer October 25, 2009 at 9:18 am

I had to ponder this one for a few minutes, because I don’t think I agree with it. No, wait. I’m sure. I don’t agree with it.

I believe thestart of any new journey is easy. At that time, you feel immortal, invincible, unstoppable. When (to quote Irene Cara and Flashdance) It’s “Nothing but a slow glowing dream”, you never fear vulnerable, because the excitement is too great. It’s only later, when reality sets in, and you start thinking logically that the fear comes. At this moment, you have the most to lose, because you risk everything. And that’s when you feel most vulnerable.

But it’s in the next moment, when you decide to move forward despite the fear, when you trust in yourself, in God, in fate, and in the Universe that it’s all gonna be OK…it’s in that moment when we have the most to gain.
.-= Jay Schryer´s Last Fabulous Post ..Memories Best Left Forgotten =-.


lena October 25, 2009 at 9:29 am

This is a perfect start-to-the-week quote!


Stephen - Rat Race Trap October 25, 2009 at 9:57 am

Love quote Lance. I really enjoy stopping by here every Sunday for a great thought. Thank you.
.-= Stephen – Rat Race Trap´s Last Fabulous Post ..Irrational Decisions – Anchoring and Arbitrary Coherence =-.


Tristan Lee October 25, 2009 at 10:00 am

This is so true! When starting a journey, we start with nothing. So despite fear, think of everything as a gain, plus, or bonus.
.-= Tristan Lee´s Last Fabulous Post ..Respect: Follow Through With Your Words =-.


Jodi at Joy Discovered October 25, 2009 at 10:26 am

Hi Lance!
This is a great quote. It’s a way of embracing vulnerability or fear and making it a friend. That feeling of “never having so much to gain” can be so exhilarating that the scary newness of something transforms to something utterly exciting. Have a wonderful week! Jodi
.-= Jodi at Joy Discovered´s Last Fabulous Post ..Knowing vs. Doing =-.


Nathalie Lussier October 25, 2009 at 10:29 am

Ooh I love it Lance! What a wonderful quote.

We often think we have so much to lose… but the flip side is so much more fun to look at isn’t it? I just want to imprint this idea into my mind and let it soak there for a bit. I find myself worrying so much about the “what could I lose” in terms of respect, friends, time, money, etc. But what can I gain? Oh only changing the world, better relationships, more respect, time, and money. Hmm that sounds much nicer doesn’t it? 😉

Very refreshing this Sunday morning!
.-= Nathalie Lussier´s Last Fabulous Post ..Holistic Healing Approach: Heal Yourself With Raw Food =-.


Laura Hegfield October 25, 2009 at 11:01 am

Apparently we are riding the same wave…my blog entry today is all about beginning a journey…again.


Davina October 25, 2009 at 11:20 am

Hi Lance. At the start of a new journey I feel excited and blast forward… then bout halfway through, the vulnerability catches up with me. 🙂 I love the last part of this quote about having so much to gain in a new journey. How true that is!
.-= Davina´s Last Fabulous Post ..Changing Seasons in Gentle Stride =-.


SpinDiva October 25, 2009 at 11:39 am

Lance, when I read this post this morning I became inspired by it and the changes in my life. then later I received an email from a friend with a quote from Deepak Chopra and it solidified how I felt and feel about my life and the journeys I have yet to take. So I had to share it and your post with everyone I know. Thanks for the reminder, the timely inspiration, as always–just in time for me!!
.-= SpinDiva´s Last Fabulous Post .."This is it." =-.


Nadia - Happy Lotus October 25, 2009 at 12:15 pm

Hi Lance,

Mike Dooley is one of my favorites because he has such a great outlook on life. So it was a delight to see another fabulous quote from him.

Being that I have always been the kind of person who just jumped off the cliff without any regard for how I would land, I totally agree with what he said. There are no guarantees in life and often you just have to go with your gut. Sometimes you may be sure of where you will land and other times you will not but regardless of the situation….we will always land on our two feet. We just have to take the jump.
.-= Nadia – Happy Lotus´s Last Fabulous Post ..What Do You Know For Certain? =-.


Carla October 25, 2009 at 12:50 pm

I was feeling a lot of fear when I was packing up to relocate out of state for the first time in my life. It turns out my first month here was the best month I’ve had in a very long time in so many ways. I have gained so much when I worked though my fears of leaving my home.

This quote is such a great reminder for me.
.-= Carla´s Last Fabulous Post ..The Two Dollar Bill =-.


Hilda October 25, 2009 at 2:48 pm

Hi Lance,

This is so perfect 🙂 I love Mike Dooley and this weekend I moved into my new home, in a place where I know no-one! And I do feel a little vulnerable, but I also believe, whole-heartedly, that despite what I’ve left behind there are joyous wonders to be experienced here! Thanks for this perfect quote!
.-= Hilda´s Last Fabulous Post ..Be still =-.


Tabitha@ichoosebliss October 25, 2009 at 4:48 pm

Don’t you just love Mike and his wisdom!?! Lance, I believe those words with all of my heart and once again you have affirmed yet another question in my head to the Father. Through both you and Mike He answered. Onward I go!


Audra Krell October 25, 2009 at 5:24 pm

There is absolutely no time like the present. What a gift is waiting for us, but we must make the choice to open it.
.-= Audra Krell´s Last Fabulous Post ..Fortunate =-.


Tim October 25, 2009 at 8:02 pm


Thank you for sharing that quote…I really enjoyed it…seems like a good thing to read, especially during times of making a fresh start or new direction. I can identify with this situation. Have a great week!
.-= Tim´s Last Fabulous Post ..Weekend Musical Diversion: Andy Timmons =-.


Marelisa October 25, 2009 at 8:15 pm

Hi Lance: There’s nothing like the fear/excitement that you feel when you start something new. It’s like moving to a new city: it’s a bit uncomfortable because you don’t know anyone and you don’t know where anything is; yet at the same time everything is so new and fresh, and full of possibilities.
.-= Marelisa´s Last Fabulous Post ..I Give Myself Permission To . . . =-.


Tess The Bold Life October 25, 2009 at 9:05 pm

I think that’s why I procrastinate on beginning something new! Mike Dooley is going to be in Phoenix Thursday. I was wondering if I should attend. Maybe this is a sign?!?

Thanks for the encouragement I needed today. Imagine the influence you have on your readers every Sunday with just a simple quote and photo. You’re amazing Lance!
.-= Tess The Bold Life´s Last Fabulous Post ..Playing Our Part With Gusto, Laughter and Joy =-.


Lisa's Chaos October 25, 2009 at 9:08 pm

such a nice image to go with the message! I don’t know how you do it every time!
.-= Lisa’s Chaos´s Last Fabulous Post ..Chaotic Macro Monday =-.


Steven October 25, 2009 at 10:01 pm

Hey Lance

Thanks for the quote, it really is motivating to be reading that.

It is true that you are vulnerable when starting a new journey, ignorant and innocent of its knowledge and defenseless against its setbacks.

However, as we move on with persistence and patience we will end up learning how to cope and improve ourselves as well as our journey of our aspect.

Thank you for providing this message 🙂


Katie West/The Levity Coach October 25, 2009 at 10:02 pm

Lance! This quote rocks my world!
I love it. It so resonates with where I am at now….ahhhh, did you choose it for me? Shucks. You shouldn’t have.
Ahem, anyway.
Yes, I love the thrill of the new and allowing the path to unfold with all of its wonder, uncertainty, and adventure. Its memory is what fuels me later on even if the path becomes harder.
Just another nice Sunday at The Lance Cafe.
.-= Katie West/The Levity Coach´s Last Fabulous Post ..The Power of Being One =-.


Barbara Swafford October 26, 2009 at 12:33 am

Hi Lance,

This quote reminds me of a journey I’m embarking on. Excitement is in the air, as is a little bit of apprehension. But, I am reminding myself, to enjoy the ride. Like the quote says, I have a lot to gain.

Have a great week, Lance and enjoy your journey, too. 🙂
.-= Barbara Swafford´s Last Fabulous Post ..Seize The Opportunity – A Pro Speaks =-.


Lance October 26, 2009 at 4:11 am

@Zeenat – Moving to a new location and the unknown that lies ahead in that…definitely can trigger those feeling of unease and vulnerability – especially when listening to our minds. Listening to our hearts…and it all changes to what can be!

@Hilary – Hi Hilary. Moving on, yes. That can feel vulnerable sometimes, especially on journeys into unknown waters for us. It’s so easy to focus on what may not work out, instead of looking at what is possible. And thinking in that way, about what can be…that is energizing.

@Suzie – I find this so interesting hearing stories like this…how a quote seems to come at just the right time. And it makes me very much believe there is some Higher Spirit here, that we are not alone on our life travels. Suzie, thank you for sharing this…

@Dr. Rus – Hi Dr. Rus! Hey, that’s exciting…new beginnings! I know as well, though that sometimes these moments can seem scary and daunting too. That’s when the last part of this quote really hits home – this idea of how much there is to gain. Best to you on your new endeavors!

@Yira – Hi Terie. Yes, I know your moving, and it will put you in a place that is much more secluded and without the local support system of friends you’ve had. That all can be very unnerving. Yet, I really see your attitude as one of embracing what can be. And that’s awesome! It will be an adventure, Terie. And it will be good. I look forward to seeing this unfold for you!

@Miz – The “so much to gain” piece is what really pulled me in on this one, too. It’s just such a different way of really thinking about the new journey’s we are on in our life. And it’s so refreshing!

@Tom Volkar – Hi Tom. Ahh, great point! At the very start, with a lot of energy and belief – we can be pretty fired up for what we’re doing. So, if we take this quote to read “just starting out” as being more of the beginning phase – and not just the very first moment – then this takes on even stronger meaning. Because I think you’re right, we can go into something – at the very start – pretty excited. And then, in the doing process – as we start out – it can be overwhelming…leading to questioning by ourselves. And that’s when it’s really so good to think about all that can be gained!


Lance October 26, 2009 at 4:35 am

@Peggy Nolan – A “do nothing” day sounds pretty spectacular! Greatness is there, for all of us, if we can overcome the feelings of vulnerability, and forge forward. That’s a great reminder…as we go forth, and really listen to our hearts….

@Joanna – Oh, that’s it, Joanna…it’s sometimes about just reminding ourselves of this, when that voice in our head tried to tell us something different, something more restrictive. Seeing it here is one thing…living it can be a different challenge altogether.

@Jenny Mannion – Hi Jenny. Physching ourselves out – that’s it! Our minds have a way of saying things that can be self-limiting. And when we limit ourselves, our true potential can’t shine through. If we can get beyond that, to where we don’t listen to the limiting beliefs and instead look at the possibilities, life is filled with amazing and limitless opportunities! Jenny, thank you so much for being here. and much love right back to you!

@Jannie – Happy Monday Jannie! When we’re putting ourselves “out there”, I don’t know if we ever fully get rid of that feeling of vulnerability. When we look at what can be, even in the face of this vulnerability, though – so much possibility is there! So much to gain! I kind of think you really shine at this Jannie!

@Erin Brooks – Hi Erin. Having loved ones along on that journey can make all the difference…whether that’s family or friends. When there are people who are there to support us, what a great feeling that is! As you know, I’m excited for you on the journey I know that lies in front of you. So exciting!

@Stacey Shipman – What I love about this, Stacey, is how you’ve been so willing to put this all out there, even before you knew the outcome of the audition. I remember seeing this, and being really excited for you! At the same time, though, I have to think there was some vulnerability being felt – with putting yourself “out there”. The thing is – and this is from my viewpoint – I see this, what you’ve done – and am so impressed. You are going after those big dreams! You are challenging yourself! You are living life on your terms! And there’s a whole lot of gain in all of that. So, so awesome – what you did, and where you’re directing your life toward…

@Jeanne – Thanks so much, Jeanne, for being here.


Lance October 26, 2009 at 5:08 am

@Karl – What’s so great about this thought really is that last part, this idea of all we have to gain. Something I know that I don’t always focus on. In thinking through the new projects we take on, it can be easy to slip toward that feeling of vulnerability. And we lose focus of all that is possible. This quote really reminds me that I should shift my focus toward the possibilities…

@Lisis – Okay, that’s a deal Lisis…I will remind you from time to time. Here’s the other half of that deal though (is there always a catch?) – I’ll ask you to please remind me, too, from time to time….

@Natalia – It’s like we’re wired that way sometimes, isn’t it – to see the negatives of what could be instead of the positives. That’s why I really love this quote, in how it shifts perspective toward the positive possibilities!

@Lynn – What a wonderful story, Lynn! Really, these feelings of regret – and questioning whether we’ve made the right choices – they happen for all of us. When we can keep going, though, and move beyond that – look at what’s possible! Look at what it did for you! So awesome!

@Jewel – I love how you’ve challenged yourself in the music field, it’s so exciting to see! And I’m sure for you, it was also challenging at moments – not sure if you’d made the right choice. And if we’re listening to our hearts…that is the right choice, no matter what our mind tries to tell us. Enjoy the journey you’re on, Jewel! It’s so good to see!

@Suzen – Suzen, this is a wonderful thought! We don’t know where our journey’s will take us, not for sure anyway. And yes, we are meant to walk, to climb, to move. Our minds can try to limit us, to keep us at the status quo. When we listen to our hearts, though, so much good can happen! Great, great thoughts today!

@Jay – Well, that’s a great point Jay. At the very start, we can have a lot of energy and belief in what can be. And it’s when we get to that point where we’re living the journey – that reality can set in. Perhaps it’s the wording used here – as I very much take this quote to be encompassing of “start” in pretty wide terms. And in that thought, I think we’re exactly on the same page – that when we’re out there living it, that’s when we really can have those thoughts. And yes, it is in taking those next steps – when we keep going even in spite of these fears – that grand things can happen!


Lance October 26, 2009 at 5:19 am

@Lena – As we head out into a new week, yes, this is a message that is good to hear! Thanks for being here today.

@Stephen – Thanks much, Stephen, and it’s great, as always, having you here!

@Tristan – Yes, when we start new – it’s like we’re starting with a fresh slate. And thinking that way, there really is so much to gain!

@Jodi – Hi Jodi. Fear and vulnerability don’t always feel so much like friends, do they. And yet, when we can harness the energy and repackage it to see what can be gained – wow! Jodi, thank you! And you too…have a wonderful week!

@Nathalie – Hi Nathalie. I know! Imprinting this thought on my mind, that would be so good. So, that when those moments arise on journeys anew – I won’t be limited to the ways my mind holds me back. Yes, it just sounds so much nicer when we really focus on all that can be gained, all that is possible! And that is so, so refreshing!

@Laura Hegfield – Laura, it’s good to have you here. And yes, we are on that same wave, my friend…I’m there with you…

@Davina – Hi Davina. It can hit at different spots for us – this sinking feeling of “what have I gotten myself into”. Our minds are good that way, at leading down these paths. Yet, if we can focus on all that is possible, so much lies in front of us to be gained! And that’s exciting!!


Lance October 26, 2009 at 5:33 am

@SpinDiva – Hi Terie! It’s great to see you again!! And what you shared on your site was such a powerful quote by Deepak Chopra. We are all weaving our own tapestry of life… Know that I deeply appreciate all that you’ve shared today…

@Nadia – Hi Nadia. Mike Dooley certainly does have a great outlook on life – it’s hard not to be uplifted from reading his words! Jumping off that cliff, per se – you’ve done that so well Nadia. Sometimes it can feel a bit uneasy…the not knowing. Like you say, though, if we believe in ourselves, we’ll land on our two feet. It may not always be the place we were aiming for – and that’s alright. It’s all part of the journey…

@Carla – What a great example you’ve shared, Carla! Moving to a new place can be very much a time on unease. Especially when it’s to an area we’re not familiar with. And just look how it’s turned out – so awesome!

@Hilda – Hi Hilda. Daunting, for sure – this move to a place where you’re all alone. And yet, I know this is a move you very much wanted to make – and that’s you listening to your heart. That makes this such a wonderful decision, and so great to see you going beyond the vulnerable and going toward all that is possible! I’m so excited for you!

@Tabitha – Yes, Mike Dooley is filled with so much deeply good wisdom! Tabitha, it’s always so good to have you and your wonderful positivity here! Onward you definitely go!!

@Audra – The present, this moment – it’s what we have. And when we open up the possibilities of what can be, and we choose to embrace those possibilities – amazing and beautiful things began to happen. Audra, it’s so good havig you here, a gift indeed for me!

@Tim – When we’re out there making a new start – that can sometimes see pretty scary and unknown. And in that, we may feel some vulnerability, as we put ourselves out there in some new endeavor. When we embrace it all, though, all that can be – there really is so much to gain! And that’s a fresh perspective so worth holding onto!


Lance October 26, 2009 at 7:05 am

@Marelisa – Hi Mare. That’s it, and so well described! You know, what I draw from what your saying is that there’s this mix of the uncomfortable and the possibility. The question then is, what are we choosing to focus on? When we look at the possibilities, wow!

@Tess – Maybe this is a sign! Wow, how awesome if you do decide to attend! Tess, you are always so uplifting – I really think you’ve got this one down – where you really do focus on the possibilities! And thank YOU, my friend…your words are wonderfully kind.

@Lisa’s Chaos – Hi Lisa. You know, sometimes it takes as long to find a picture as it does a quote. I really do try to find a photo that I think speaks deeply to what the quote is saying. So your words are very much appreciated.

@Steven – Hi Steven. It can be scary to feel vulnerable, and we might want to slink back away from the challenges and opportunities in front of us. Yet, all of what can be, all of what is possible – is there in moving forward on our journey. And that’s pretty sweet…

@Katie – Ha!! Well, how about this…I didn’t choose it specifically for you (shock, gasp!), but when I was getting it all set to go this week – I most certainly did think of you, and what you are doing. So there you go…because when I think about going after those big audacious dreams, I think of YOU! I do, because I love how you think, how you see the world, and how much possibility you envision. So, when those moments come when you’re questioning if this is all right and good, know that there is so much to gain in front of you – and on this journey you are on! Let the adventure continue in amazing and awesome ways!

@Barbara – Hi Barbara. Know that I wish you only the best as you go down this new journey. Enjoy and savor the excitement. And always remember what can be, what is possible… So awesome, Barbara!!


Angelia Sims October 26, 2009 at 8:05 am

Nothing significant in my life has ever happened on my own. I have always had support and encouragement. The gain, indeed, is great triumph. Sorry I’m a day late, I left my laptop at work this weekend. Happy Monday Lance!
.-= Angelia Sims´s Last Fabulous Post ..Sunday’s Healthy Reflection =-.


Gayle (Gazehound's Animal Communication) October 26, 2009 at 9:23 am

It’s Mike Dooley! My favorite guy! I spend much of my “free” time listening to his audio series, Infinite Possibilities. 🙂

A wonderful quote, thank you for sharing it with your readers.

Always remember … every step braved is a step toward the life of your dreams.
.-= Gayle (Gazehound’s Animal Communication)´s Last Fabulous Post ..Little Actions — Financial Healing =-.


Evita October 26, 2009 at 11:24 am

I can so relate to this Lance – and how true is that!

When we begin anything, this is indeed the time when we have the most to gain and the least to lose. What amazing words of wisdom!

Thank you! – By the way I love the photo – I was seeing beautiful tree reflections against a sky of those colors for about an hour on our way home yesterday – it was heavenly!
.-= Evita´s Last Fabulous Post ..Choice Point 2012 =-.


Chris Edgar | Purpose Power Coaching October 26, 2009 at 3:52 pm

Hi Lance — thanks for this — it strikes me as a helpful reminder to see what we can enjoy about the moment-to-moment process of getting where we want to go, instead of just dreaming about the destination.


Kaushik October 26, 2009 at 5:27 pm

This is great. Often during awakening, fear comes up. What’s up ahead? Can I handle it? Courage shows up whenever needed.

Thanks for the inspiring quotation.
.-= Kaushik´s Last Fabulous Post ..Healing… =-.


Mindful Mimi October 27, 2009 at 2:57 am

I so agree to that. At the beginning there is nothing but this big idea, this big hope. And the excitement of what will happen. That moment indeed never returns. And it feels scary at times but oh so great. and when you continue along that path, a lot of things, good and bad, happen. And it’s all necessary to get you to your point. And even if you’re loosing, you’re gaining: experience, friends, knowledge, insight, wisdom, help, awareness, wonder, aha-moment. It’s the essence of our life: experiences. It’s the real living.
Thanks for sharing.
.-= Mindful Mimi´s Last Fabulous Post ..Art is a mould in which to imprison for a moment the shining elusive element which is life itself — Willa Sibert Cather =-.


Lance October 27, 2009 at 4:37 am

@Angelia – Angelia, that’s such a great point. Having the support of others can make all the difference in the world! And…it’s great having you here whenever that works out! Happy Tuesday!!

@Gayle – Mike Dooley is a pretty uplifting guy, isn’t he! And now, I’m really curious about this audio series…I’ll have to check it out. Brave steps can feel scary at times, although those are the steps that take us closer toward those dreams of ours. Here’s to taking those brave steps…for all of us!

@Evita – Hi Evita, and welcome back home! It’s so easy to focus on what we have to lose…I know it sure is for me. And the opposite of that is how very much we have to gain because we’re taking this new journey! And that’s so exciting to really think about. And your trip home, Evita, sounds like it was a lovely drive…

@Chris Edgar – That destination…the place we’re dreaming of getting to – that’s something that gives us fuel for our fire. Still, though, it’s in our moments, the small successes – that build up toward that destination. And really, it’s the journey that makes it all so worth it anyway…making those moments ever so important. Great point, Chris!

@Kaushik – Yes, that “F” word…”fear”. It can become our focus sometimes, and we lose sight of all that is possible. Courage to move beyond that fear, and into what can be…what a great place to be!

@Mimi – Hi Mimi. I love that line about the essence of our life being experiences. We have them everyday…experiences. It’s just, are they the experiences we deeply want to be having, or are we holding ourselves back because of fear? So good Mimi – thank you!!


Daphne October 27, 2009 at 7:39 am

This post of yours got me turned around yesterday, out of a despairing mentality into a happy and lighthearted one. Thank you.
.-= Daphne´s Last Fabulous Post ..Acceptance Versus Need For Change =-.


Laurie October 27, 2009 at 10:01 am

I feel like I have lived this the last couple of years. Taking a chance to be more vulnerable in my marriage. To be real, to be present, to be authentic. It has made all the difference.
I also put myself out there by starting my own business. I put myself in a place to really be evaluated by others….a huge thing for me. It is paying off and I am very happy.


Liara Covert October 29, 2009 at 11:26 am

Every moment is another stage of a journey that is perpetual.
.-= Liara Covert´s Last Fabulous Post ..What if God is mind? =-.


Lance November 2, 2009 at 3:48 am

@Daphne – Daphne, this is so, so good to read! And know that you’ve brightened my day, sharing that with me.

@Laurie – Being real and authentic can make us feel vulnerable. Really though, when we are – while it could still be vulnerable – more likely the case is that it’s quite the opposite. When we’re ringing true to our heart, great and amazing thing happen!

@Liara – And the journey continues…it’s just – is this the right journey for us? Good question to think about…


Stacey / Create a Balance for Moms November 16, 2009 at 3:06 pm

Yes, yes, yes…so much to gain, so much to gain. I’m hearing you loud and clear today!
.-= Stacey / Create a Balance for Moms´s Last Fabulous Post ..Balancing Motherhood and Your Authentic Self =-.


Lance November 18, 2009 at 10:27 pm

You are there! The journey…what lies ahead for you is something awesome! It is!!! And you are ready!!


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