Thursday, July 25, 2013

Taking A Chance

Taking a Chance

When I look back over my life at the moments we call “game changers.” I can see that they only happened when I took a chance at something outside of my zone of comfort.

One of the most significant was when I decided to take my sister’s children for what was supposed to be, at the most, one year; it’s been twenty.

I was standing in my downtown Chicago condo overlooking Lake Michigan when my mother called to say that if I didn’t take these three young kids (the baby was three months old,) then they would end up in the system.

My mother said that as hard as life had been for her and her 7 children, she was still able to keep us together. This was a source of pride for her; something that her mother had not been able to do.

I looked out over the lake and I could not see the future, nor could I see the past; I simply was, so I said yes.

I went from a sports car to a van and found out that this was the way I was meant to be.

Without ever giving birth, I am a mother of 5 and while many days have been down-right implausible, I know that this was the right thing.

Doors have been opened and lessons have been learned that did not occur during the other risk taking moments; like leaving home to be the first in all of my family to go to college.

Life requires that we leap, fly, run head first into opportunities and choices that would not happen if we stuck to our old patterns and ways of thinking.

Not all risks land the way we desire, but when you jump from your heart; the outcome will eventually be in your favor.

Be you, be well, be a wonder.

Bertice Berry, PhD.

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