I’ve found myself facing a lot of ‘firsts’ lately. New opportunities at work, changes in family life, noticing situations where my children are totally independent, choosing new repertoire for an upcoming concert, new season approaching, first singing lesson with a new teacher … While ‘firsts’ are exciting and are an indicator of growth and transformation, ‘firsts’ can also be uncomfortable – scary even. This has always been the case for me; I am uncomfortable with transition. And with my sensitive personality type (I love you beautiful S brain!), putting myself into first-time anythings seems epic. So I accept and honour that today. Good for me for navigating all of the ‘firsts’ of late.
I smile as I recall how when I was preparing to give a first-time presentation at the Board Office during the Equity Institute a few years back, I consulted my mentor for advice. Along with her words of wisdom, she also shared this poem with me.
A Prayer for Pioneers . . .
By Ruth Buczynski
May you have big dreams, far beyond anything you can imagine today
May you trust that you have special gifts and vow to share them with the world
May you walk side by side with your fear, and know that being afraid is human
May you refuse to give up in the face of uncertainty or “something different”
May you learn how to say no and when to say yes
May your discomfort with complacency eclipse your fear of failure or the unknown
May you resolve to just “go for it” even when the world tries to hold you back
May you never settle for “good enough” when you can have much more
May you find fulfillment in your successes and motivation in your failures
May you leave your doubts behind you and never back away from a challenge
May you cast off the shell that keeps you from blossoming, and never crawl back into it – no matter what life throws at you
May you never be limited by anyone, not even yourself
May you find wealth in love, happiness, and success
I recall it often, especially when I’m facing new challenges. In fact, I think I’ll go and make some tea, and read it now. I hope you will find these words helpful and encouraging too. The world needs pioneers like me and like you.