“We grow forward when the delights of growth and anxieties of safety are greater than the growth of anxiety and the delights of safety.”
In my early years, I was taught how to pursue comfort, not courage. Success, I learned, was “to enjoy life, retire and then do more enjoying!” In effect, I was raised to be a Prince, not a Warrior. My grandfather, Phillip Distillator, once told me and my brother, “There are three things that are important in life, boys: Champagne, Women and Money.” Oy.
Luckily for me, my life got hard around age 12 when my father left and my mom had to transition from housewife to sole-breadwinner and parent. As a part of the deal, I learned to shovel snow, cut the lawn, and cook. The jobs I had were hard and paid little, but I worked like a bull. Craig still remembers watching me and marveling at how I took to labor. I loved it then and I still do, today.