Last week, my mom and sisters and I went away for a few days of relaxation and girl time. We stayed at the fabulous Omni Bedford Springs Resort, where we hiked and dined and enjoyed the beautiful views. While exploring the lovely little town of Bedford, we discovered this sign in one of the shops. Wait…what?! We JUST missed the free wine! We got a little chuckle out of it but I have to say, it’s a familiar feeling…the thought that maybe I’ve arrived a little too late.
Do you know what I’m talking about? Have you ever felt like you were behind the curve? Like you’re working toward something but as soon as you get there you will discover that everyone else has already moved on to the next thing? Maybe you’re trying to publish your first book and there’s a voice inside your head that says “You’re a few years too late. Nobody reads books anymore.” Or maybe you want to open a food truck and you can’t let go of the thought that the trend might be over. Or maybe it’s a blog…or a podcast…or a business…or a ministry of some sort. Maybe you’re starting a family and wondering if it’s too late. Whatever you are starting, know that you are not too late. You are right where you are supposed to be.
Whenever we hear that voice of doubt, it’s the enemy creeping in and trying to steal our success. It’s the easiest way to abandon our dreams and goals and admit failure. It’s a dangerous, slippery slope to regret when we start to compare ourselves to others who have gone before us. That’s why #2 on our Ten Commandments of a Mompreneur is this: Honor your business. Start right where you are and know that you are meant to be there.
How about if we do this instead. Let’s not compare ourselves to those who have gone before us. Let’s learn from them. Let’s soak up their wisdom and begin our own journeys. Let’s hold onto the promise that the future is even more wonderful than all of our yesterdays. And when the next generation comes up behind us, let’s be sure they know they haven’t missed a thing – especially the free wine!