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Sunday, November 2, 2014

Pushing Out or Settling Down

In your dreams of the ideal life, are you more like the pioneer (always pushing on) or the settler (settling down)? (Serendipity Bible Fourth Edition, page 1634).

The priority for me is to have a stable base of operations. Once this is established, I am given to reaching out in new endeavors. For example, at the moment I am taking a course in special education at the University of South Florida and taking guitar lessons. Additionally, I am tutoring in two different schools. I like the sense of adventure, but only when it is grounded in stability. In a sense this question is like the question regarding risk--are you risk adverse or a risk taker? I like to take risks, but only if I can plot a satisfactory fallback position if the experiment fails. No one wants to be considered a "stick in the mud." At the same time, no one wants to be considered foolhardy. The secret lies in establishing a steady rudder--a steady base of operations--that one can depend upon when setting out upon adventures.  I suppose an investment analogy would be the observation that the deeper one's pockets, the greater the risk one can afford to take; or psychologically, the stronger ones's convictions, the more openly one can embrace the unknown.

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