Your big opportunity may be right where you are now. -Napoleon Hill
Imagine how much different life would look if you believed in this statement!
Would you wake up each day more hopeful? Would you feel lighter; more content?
Ever since we got back from our lovely, lovely trip to Maine this past September, I’ve been struggling to be where I am. Thoughts like “Is Clyde the best we can do?” and “Are better opportunities waiting for us somewhere else?” have all but made me want to quit making improvements on our house, working in our garden, even engaging in our community.
However, a few weeks ago, while lying awake at night, I decided to make an evaluation on what life was really like where we were.
“Let’s see,” I pondered, “We have great friends and connections, friendly neighbors, we have a place in the community, we are close to family, the cost of living here is low…”
Though I didn’t want to admit it, life sounded good. And my evaluation made me wonder:
If your life isn’t broken, then why try to fix it?
After all, even though Clyde is not near the beach or the forest or even an IKEA, it is a place where good things have happened and are happening and will happen.
And no matter where Mr. Smith and I wind up, this week’s inspiring post from The Nester still applies:
Despite having a good life, it only took me one week to become totally discontent with it.
On the bright side, however, it only took me nine months to get that contentedness back.
I mean, I won’t say that I’ll never look on New England with longing again, but I can’t afford to let greener grass stop me from being where I am and doing what I’ve always wanted to do.
How about you?
Thanks to my friend Rachel for sharing and inspiring me with that lovely quote.