As I prepared my 2010 list of books to read one particular book stood out sharply! Libby Gill’s “You Unstuck: Mastering the New-Rules of Risk-Taking in Work & Life.”
The book cover reminds me of a 3D image that magically transports me to another place and time. On the cover of Libby’s book, you’ll see butterflies, a symbolic image often used in personal growth to demonstrate change. The 3D image below is also about change.
If you scroll down to the end of the page, you’ll see a picture with five rows of butterflies. Yes, there is another image hidden inside, but I won’t mention what it is until later on. (It may take a few moments to diverge your eyes to see the 3D image.)
Beyond the cover and inside Libby’s book lies information about risk-taking. The thing that will get you beyond your rut and “unstuck.” I can’t wait to read the book because I am a firm believer that risk-taking is an ongoing process throughout a person’s life. I recall a time of excitement and fear when I was compelled to document those feelings in a poem. You know that feeling the one where you say what have I done.
Many people may be experiencing the same feelings right now: “I know this is good for my personal growth, but I’m afraid of making a change.”
I documented my feelings about a significant change I made in my early twenties in The poem below written in February 1986. I joined the U. S. Army to be “all I could be.”
Upon the edge, life is to be enlivened.
To open new doors thus comes
A cascade of clear vision.
Eyes widen even more for
The cliff hath the greatest view.
And like the eagle soars
It is given only to a few
Many stands and peer overhead
Never to learn… but
To be among the living dead.
The butterflies (changes) put together in an orderly fashion create the 3D image of a STAR. And…your personal growth requires “The Edge” (risk-taking) in a progressive fashion to be the STAR you ARE!
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