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Happy Birthday! Website In A Weekend is two years old today. And joining us for a guest post is Sarah, who was right there when it all happened.
Are you ready yet?
-by Sarah Kurhajetz
“You write in order to change the world…. The world changes according to the way people see it, and if you alter, even by a millimeter, the way people look at reality, then you can change it.” -James Baldwin
I recently attended a seminar where the facilitator said, “Your comfort zone is here,” as he pointed inside the circle he had drawn to illustrate his point. “Your goal is here.” As you probably guessed, the goal he pointed to was outside the confines of the aforementioned comfort zone. Of course it is. It wouldn’t be a goal if it was within the comfort zone. Something that forces you to take actions you don’t want to take, but know you have to take to achieve what you want. Isn’t that the definition of a goal?
Since the day I met David Doolin, he has asked me to take actions that are outside of my comfort zone. (Don’t take that the wrong way. Everything he has ever asked me to do has been G-rated.)
For the most part, I have silently refused to do what he has asked or suggested that I do. He hasn’t called me on my silent refusal, but I know I’m not fooling him. It is just Dave’s way to give people the time and space they need to feel comfortable enough (or uncomfortable enough, as the case may be) to take their next step.
Although I haven’t always been a very willing student, Dave has always been a very patient and willing teacher. Once in a while he will gently remind me of the Buddhist Proverb, “When the student is ready, the master appears.” It’s his way of letting me know that when I’m ready for the lesson, he’s ready to teach.
A couple of weeks ago, Dave emailed me to invite me to write a guest blog post in honor of the 2nd Anniversary of Website in A Weekend (http://website-in-a-weekend.net/). He’s known for the past two years that I’ve wanted to create my own blog. Dave is actually the one who helped me set up my first (and at this point, only) WordPress blog. I’m ashamed to say that WordPress blog been sitting idle for two years waiting for me to introduce it (and me) to the world.
I wouldn’t go so far to say that my goal is to be a writer, but I would say that one of my goals is to write and it would be nice to have other people read what I write.
Once again, Dave has helped me to take an action that I’ve wanted to take, but have been too afraid to take the first step. In his gentle and subtle way, he has helped me to take the first step towards my goal of being someone who writes.
Thank you, Dave. The student is ready.