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The fatal metaphor of progress, which means leaving things behind us, has utterly obscured the real idea of growth, which means leaving things inside us. ~ Gilbert Chesterton

“I have to project a certain image,” I explained.beoriginal

“There is a certain way I need to present myself.

If I don’t set an example…if I don’t draw the line, they won’t think I’m a professional.”


I looked at her in stunned silence – exasperated.

Why didn’t she get it?

“What’s with all this executive crap? It’s not you,” she blurted that day three years ago.

Then softly, “You’ve lost so much of who you are – if you don’t snap out of it, you’ll be lost for good.”

Oh… now I get it!

She was right of course.

She never was one to mince her words and maybe that’s why we’ve been friends for over 20 years.

In my effort to be successful I was doing what they expected of me.

And in the doing, I’d lost the very passion that had brought me there in the first place.

Be careful who you choose to be.

Be mindful of the dreams you chase and why.