As I write this, I have the perfect view of a squirrel on my patio. He (she?) is going through the birdseed that has fallen from the deck above. He’s pretty persistent. I thought I gave him a little squirrel coronary about a half hour ago when I didn’t see him before letting the dogs out. Yet, here he is again.
It’s funny, because all summer I haven’t seen a single squirrel anywhere near our bird feeders on the deck or near the house at all. Yet now, as the days get shorter and the temperatures drop, here he is. Daringly returning time and again to a place that surely he knows could produce a dog at any moment and without warning. I know what he’s doing, of course. Winter is on its way and he is trying to gather enough food to make it through.
The funny thing is; if he had been coming here all summer, he would have a great plenty to get him through the winter. Instead, he has done something I thought only us humans did.
Why is it that most of us wait until the last minute to be daring? Like this squirrel, a large percentage of the human population waits until the last possible moment to risk it all for a wealth of, in this case, food to get them through the winter.
Why did I wait until I was in my mid-forties to start a cleaning business? What if I had done it in my twenties or even in my thirties? How much more successful would I be today?
Of course it doesn’t do any good to wonder what could have been. But why not start being daring now? It’s not too late. At this moment each and every one of us could start being daring and bold.
I am going to go forward from this moment and try things, business-wise, that I have not tried before. I will be brave and bold and daring, just like that squirrel. Who’s with me?