Learn when it’s time to go
Earlier this year I made a personal decision not to renew my contract with a Continuing Education program. There were a lot of factors that contributed to me making the decision that this would be my last time presenting for a while. Traveling to Louisiana afforded me the opportunity to visit friends and family and make some money at the same time. This year some things transpired and I decided that it wasn’t a good idea for me to continue down this path. I prayed long and hard about making a decision. I asked God to please give me some confirmations.
This spring one of my speaking engagements I missed my flight due to the traffic in the DMV, and I had to purchase another ticket in order to make it on time. My presentation in New Orleans I was about 30 minutes late because I could not find the building, or parking. All those were clear signs that it was time to let it go. In June I decided that I would only be submitting proposals in the DC, Maryland, and Virginia (DMV) area. It was time to pick up, pack up, and leave my comfort zone. It comes a time in your life when you need to realize that you won’t be in this situation in this place with the same people forever. A lot of things happened this past year with getting to the various venues, and I prayed to God about my decision not to return for 2015. It is important to trust the rhythms and cycles of life. Take responsibility for yourself within each cycle of life. Take responsibility for yourself as each cycle ends, and a new one begins. You don’t have to hold onto messengers after they’ve delivered the message in your life, or escorts after they’ve taken you where you were trying to go. You don’t have to stay in the classroom after you’ve learned the lessons and finished that course.
On yesterday, I received an email from the University of Maryland Continuing Education program offering me a contract to be a presenter this coming spring. It is important to open your heart. Thank the people, places, and things that helped create your world, shape you, from your experiences. Then pick up, pack up, and leave. Say good-bye with love and gratitude in your heart, and continue on your journey. Great things never came from comfort zones.