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Monday, 21 September 2009 16:39
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How do you feel about birthdays? Do you get the blues or do you blow out the candles on your cake while popping the champagne’s cork, screaming: Watch me now, new year. Watch closely for “ye ain’t seen nothing yet!”

Okay, this might be a bit over the top, but you catch my drift, don’t you? I mean, do you by nature look forward or backwards? In The Bronberger’s seventh birthday edition we’ve hauled out our magnifying glasses to focus on the past year’s events. What’s that you’re saying? You wanted us to use binoculars to look at the history of the future? It would go something like this: In our 10th year we did bla-deebla and then, in our 21st year . . .

Scary, isn’t it? Hence the backward glance. But let me tell you that anything worth doing will always have some fear attached to it. Its purpose is to notify us that we are at the edge of our comfort zone. And, boy, didn’t we completely step out of our comfort zone when we started this magazine seven years ago.

It could have gone either way: bust or blossom. But blossom it did and you’re holding the flower in your hand right now. Of course we wanted huge bouquets on day one already, but the universe’s timetable doesn’t always correspond with human timetables.

That’s why people often feel that life is progressing too slowly or too fast. Author Scott Blum says the trick is to remember that every person fulfils his or her purpose when the time is right. Purpose, you ask? As in how to find one? Howard Thurman writes that we shouldn’t ask what the world needs. “Ask what makes you come alive, and go do it. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.”

Doesn’t sound like a status-conscious notch on the success post to you? Scott says you probably feel bound to judge your personal success using your age or the accomplishments of your peers as a yardstick. And then you might not quite measure up. Yet we all enjoy the major milestones in our lives at exactly the right time; for some of us our dreams come true as youngsters, while others only flourish in old age.

What you have to do is trust that you are exactly where you are meant to be at this very moment. If you don’t like where you are right now, it doesn’t mean you have to stay there forever; it just means that it is right for now.

Of course you know what I mean. This is the reason that our paths have crossed here and now, you and I. And this is why I don’t want our birthday celebration to go by without reminding you how awesome you are.

You might only realise this with hindsight, but trust me – all is as it’s meant to be. You will get wherever it is you want to go when the time is right. How to get there from here? Now isn’t that the million dollar question?

Author Mike Dooley says that living the life of your dreams is a lot like sailing. You pick your destination, hoist up your sail, make minor adjustments while the journey is underway, and let the wind do all the hard work.

You see, says Mike, you don’t hoist your sails to move the boat, but to put yourself within reach of the wind. This is what people mean when they tell you to take baby steps when starting something new. Of course you don’t take baby steps for the distance they cover. You take them to put yourself within reach of life’s magic, just like hoisting your boat’s sail.

So, come on: Hoist, baby, hoist. Are you ready? Have you packed your treasure map? Don’t forget your du-dahs, ding-dongs and chocolate éclairs. We’re going to let the magic blow our minds as we sail into our eighth year.