The Path Of Action

“One hour of life,

crowded to the full with glorious action,

and filled with noble risks,

is worth whole years of

those mean observances of paltry decorum.”

~ Sir Walter Scott

~   ~   ~   ~   ~

I used to be afraid to move.

To make waves.

To (for heaven’s sake) upset the balance.

Even though mine was out of whack.

No, it was far better to stay safe… compliant… pleasant.

Rather than to risk…


A difference of opinion?  Anger?  Confronting my own ego?

Humility is a good thing — as long as it doesn’t mean being humiliated.  Serving others is a good thing — as long as it serves a higher purpose.  Self-deprecation is a good thing — as long as it doesn’t mean eradicating self.

I once told my Calculus teacher (after being late to his class for the umpteenth time), “Better late than never.”

He replied, “Better never late…”

Wise words from a noble man.

I’ve never forgotten them.

~   ~   ~   ~   ~

There’s nothing wrong with being you.


There’s nothing wrong with YOU.

(Or me…)

Sometimes you just have to grow into yourself.

Shift gears.

Take action.

~   ~   ~   ~   ~

She stared at the open road in front of her (and the ten-speed shifter in her hand.)  How in the world did God expect her to make it out of the yard… let alone through Chicago?  (Pre-“I-pass” days, when every toll booth was a required stop.)

Will my mirrors be too close to the booth?  Will I be able to merge back into traffic without dogging gears?

Ahhh, yes.

Closeness and merging.

Isn’t that what life is all about?

We’ve either been somewhere or we’re going somewhere.   (Standing still isn’t an option.)

But… how close will we allow ourselves to get?

And, how successfully will we merge?

If there’s one thing I’ve learned it’s: don’t stop!

When you put your dreams on hold, you put yourself on hold.

Make tire tracks or foot prints…

And keep moving forward.

~     ~     ~     ~     ~

Head for the open road, even if it’s an unfamiliar one.

Life’s too short to stand still.

Whatever you do, be yourself — and don’t be late.

Enjoying another fork in the road,

~ Kim

25 thoughts on “The Path Of Action

  1. I love the imagery in this post and all that your words evoke in me.I love the way you dance in and out of beautiful food, poetry, prose and stunning photography. Keep splashing us with your many talents, Kim!

    • Sue Ann, if writing from the heart causes a splash, I’m IN, feet first, dancing all the way. :) Thank you for your encouragement, now and always!

    • Smiling about your growth spurt, Elizabeth! From the sounds of it, there’s a lot of that going around. :) I love it when changes equal surprises!

  2. Outstanding post. I think we all sometimes fall into the traps that society lays out for us and we forget the big picture…and forget ourselves. It’s nice to see somebody slow down and think about self-worth and how to make the most out of what we’ve been given :)

  3. Proud of you for taking the fork even if it scares you and wish you much happiness and success! And thanks for telling us about the WordAds program–I applied and was accepted! I wouldn’t have considered it before your positive words–ads are the devil to me-LOL! But maybe I’ll be able to make a few cents while I’m having fun-nothing wrong with that. :)

  4. Sweet Sister–we’ve connected (again!) across the miles. Your insight mirrors, almost identically, my thoughts at this intersection in my life. I love you ever so much!!!

    • So true, Tina! (Although I figure “wherever I am” is where I’m supposed to be at the moment — with no regrets!) Balancing risks and dreams is a process and one that I embrace. :)

    • Choc Chip Uru, I get the impression you’re already an excellent time manager from the multitude of activities you fit into 24 hours! Just be sure to take time now and then to stop and smell the cookies… :)

  5. I’ve always have this ‘Better never late’ motto instilled in me & have the habit of arriving at least 15 mins earlier for an appt. Wish I could pass this on to my son…… Perhaps it’s a teenage or guy’s thingy, he always like to dilly-dally :<

    Life's is short, indeed! Enjoy the most out of it. Kimby, I notice u don't visit as often as before. I've received emails from some readers that for some reasons, my blog posts stopped going into their mailbox. Just wondering if u've the same problem. I've just changed my subscription widget. U may like to resubscribe again if u encounter such problem. Thks, dear!

    • Shirley, I should have mentioned I was late to math class because of a conflict with musicology class — so many things to do, so little time… ha! I admire your “ahead-of-time” attitude though. I’m getting better at it. :)

      This past month, I’ve been shifting gears — not the trucking kind! — transitioning out of my job, etc. You were correct in noticing that my comments have taken a nose dive recently… yikes. (I can hardly wait to be home full-time again!!) Connecting with people is soooo important to me. Thank you so much for caring! xo

      • Job transition? What’s the nature of your job now? Full-time writer? Gosh, u write fantastically well. All the best to your new career :)

    • Oh Shary, I’m so glad it touched you. Sometimes I feel like I’m writing to myself (lol), but your comment reminded me that words have the power to inspire. Thank you.

  6. Truer words have never been spoken! Good luck on your ‘fork journey’, I know you will end where you should end :)

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