Well, yesterday I was starting to believe the guy I interviewed about Day Zero. He said most people start too big and are over ambitious with their goals and then wind up failing. I was overwhelmed with everything I was adding onto my plate and it seemed to much for one person to tackle. My writing was freezing up and I was beginning to panic. I wanted to quit before I failed. I started re-evaluating everything I was doing, doubting myself and wondering if everyone was thinking I was nuts. Total "Calgon, take me away!" moment. But then I realized my dear in the headlight feeling might be temporary due to starting a new journey and if I jump out of the way, I'll be safe. Any time we are on uncharted territory it can be scary. I thought of Dorothy in the Wizard of Oz. Can you imagine landing in Technicolor Munchkin land? Thinking, "where the hell am I and who are these crazy short people with the humongous lollipops?" What will make me feel safe and believe I can do this? I am not "most people". I don't fail, damn it! Dorothy didn't fail, damn it! She made it to Oz. She just had those Ruby slippers with special powers. So, I decided, hell, I need some, too! She had friends who helped her along the way. She didn't go it alone. I got friends. After all, isn't that what Facebook is for? I just need to ask for help. Help like tips and suggestions, support, resources, labor, expert advice, spreading the word about my mission, company, anything! I'll take it.
Who wants to go on this journey with me? Up for a good trip down the yellow brick road? Dogs that don't fit in baskets welcome!
I decided to find my Ruby slippers. The real Ruby slippers are housed in the Smithsonian and were purchased at auction in the 70's for 5 thousand dollars. They are now worth 5 million. A little out of my league, so the 35 dollar ones I found at Halloween store will have to do. When the movie was written, the shoes were silver but since Technicolor was brand new, the producers wanted to show case what it could do. The slippers were then changed to ruby, my favorite color and birthstone.
As I worked on my Restoration of Spirit writing about self care, I realized I wasn't taking my own advice this week. I was out of my routine and not taking very good care of myself. I took a bath but that wasn't enough. It was sort of like giving a starving man a cracker (that's what my husband always says about sex). I needed more "me time". Even though I swore I would go to bed early, instead I watched a movie. When the character named her baby Ruby, I knew I was on to something here.
What are Ruby slippers? Something you put on and never take off or you will lose your magic powers. Self care, choosing happiness, following a passion, believing in yourself, not giving up even though everyone thinks your nuts and you feel like quitting.
What are YOUR Ruby slippers? Put on your Technicolor dream today, because it's valuable, and who knows what it might be worth later!