There was once a TV show called This is Your Life. Each week, an unsuspecting celebrity would be lured by some ruse to a location near the studio. He would then be surprised with the news that he was to be the featured guest. Next he was escorted into the studio, and one by one people significant in the guest's life would be brought out to offer anecdotes. At the end of the show family members and friends would gather about the guest who would then be presented with some gifts.
The settle for less than spectacular held back by their own narrow opinion of their capabilities.
She worked for me a few years ago and when I left, she left. With her sudden free time she ran for a public office and won. Now, she is doing what she had always wanted to do.
Another friend got the courage to step away from her abusive marriage and just opened her own shop. Another lifelong dream now reality.
I often think of my life as a canvas and each day a new part is added to my final masterpiece. There are lots of nasty old dark blotches, but vibrant sprays of color fill most of my canvas. Small circles of bright color explode and pop as I live out my passions.
I cry today thinking of the just how beautiful that masterpiece will be.
If you gave yourself permission to do what you really wanted to do, what would you do?