Pursue the Path

“Perseverence involves pursuing the path even when you can only see a few steps in front of you.” – Mike Van Hoozer

Have you ever felt discouraged shortly after attempting something new?  You start out strong with determination and passion, but then doubt creeps in and you stall out, question yourself, and perhaps even quit.  I hate to admit it, but I don’t like to try anything new (at least not in front of other people) if I don’t think I will be good at it.  One ridiculous example of this is the time my in-laws asked me to play bridge.  They are excellent players and I know nothing about the game.  I practically had an anxiety attack when I sat down to play a hand.  Nothing makes me more uncomfortable than “learning as I go” and appearing to have no clue what I’m doing.  I wanted to go off by myself, read a book on how to play bridge, and have some working knowledge of the subject before diving right in.  I’m sure there was some traumatic event in my childhood that caused me to be this way, but it’s irrelevant for now.

Last week I was feeling discouraged about my blog and wondered why I’m even bothering to write it.  I’m a left brained numbers person, not a writer!  Several months ago a former colleague of mine, good friend & mentor Mike Van Hoozer said to me, “Tracy, you need to start a blog!”  A what?  Why would I do that?  Impelled by a handful of friends I decided to go for it.  I am out of my comfort zone and I have a lot to learn before I become good at it.  Just the other day I was down on the whole idea of continuing this endeavor, when I received a message from a former student who I had not heard from in nearly ten years.  She was enjoying the blog and wanted to thank me for bringing a smile to her face and unknowingly helping her during a difficult week.  Wow!  The encouragement she provided me came just at the right time.

Two lessons learned:

  • Take risks.  Sometimes it’s ok to dive in before you have the entire path mapped out in front of you.
  • Make it a point to encourage others.  You have no idea how much it will fuel them to continue.

What have you pursued in life when you could only see a few feet in front of you?


About Time with Tracy

Busy mother of two, kickboxing addict, and clotheshorse. I play basketball and wear stilettos, not necessarily at the same time. I love coffee, red wine & a medium rare steak. My primary focus in life is to serve and encourage others. I'm a nerd with blonde hair and a southern accent. Nine out of ten people are shocked to learn I have a BS in Statistics and Industrial Management from Carnegie Mellon University. I started my career as an IT analyst with a ginormous consulting firm. After dabbling in strategy and business process reengineering, I changed careers to what might be considered insane: teaching teenagers. I taught at a private middle school in Houston, TX where I served as the Math Department Chair and Head Girls Basketball Coach. In 2004 my husband and I moved to the San Francisco Bay Area where I continued to teach until we started a family. During that time I served on the Board of Directors at the Valley Pregnancy Center, where I was passionate about helping women in crisis. Loving people unconditionally is a ridiculously big deal to me. Last year we were thrilled to move back to Texas. I currently work at home in Austin raising our children, sprinkled in with massive amounts of laundry. I'm also a yoga newbie and enjoy mentoring executives for non-profit organizations.
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7 Responses to Pursue the Path

  1. Hello dear old friend!
    Not that I am writing only because your entry inspired me to provide some encouragement, but what better time to tell you how much I am enjoying getting to know what’s on your mind these days! Despite your tendencies, your writing is thought-provoking and fun and I hope you continue – if not for your readers, but at the very least for yourself! It’s fun to find your voice and develop a “blogging style” over time – I know I look forward to each new entry!
    Be well! peace – moo

  2. Heidi Brandow says:

    Despite my natural tendencies to plan every step, there have been a few occasions on which I have stepped out with only whisper of an idea of what was before me. The recent job change was one, but long before that was my first move from Michigan to California. As a young, single woman the thought of moving to an unknown place with a moment’s notice was both terrifying and liberating. It turns out there’s a lot of freedom to be found in facing your fears. It was one of the best decisions I ever made. It wasn’t easy – but it was worth it.

    Write on, Tracy.

  3. Heidi,

    You are an inspiration in all that you do. The move and the career change were incredible examples of facing your fears. Both times you stepped out of your comfort zone and landed in places to make a huge impact for others. You persevered despite an unclear path, resulting in immeasurable rewards.

    Thank you for engaging in the conversation!


  4. Robert Taylor says:

    I don’t think you need much more encouragement from me, but…

    I’m really enjoying reading your blog. It is insightful, but not too deep. You have hit, what is for me, at least, my “sweet spot” (see what I did there? ;D), in that your entries are usually short, sweet, to-the-point, but also include great personal anecdotes. My ADD would kick in if they were any longer. ;P

    Seriously… I love the blog. Keep it up, girl. =)

    • Love what you did there, Taylor. Proof that you are in fact reading all my posts! Thank you for the additional encouragement. I do need it, and I really appreciate the comments. I am thankful for your friendship and support!

      • Robert Taylor says:

        I’m always good for a solid pat on the back. I mean, I’m usually doing it to myself, but I digress… ;D

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