The Shawshank Redemption of Your Life

“Get busy living, or get busy dying.” – Andy Dufresne Last Monday afternoon was cold and rainy here in Toronto. It was a perfect afternoon for lying on the couch, watching reruns of classic movies like “The Shawshank Redemption”. Now of course, I didn’t actually do that, but the weather made me think of the movie, and a few powerful scenes that can actually teach us how to work towards the life of our dreams. If you remember the movie, you know that our “hero”, Andy Dufresne, goes to jail and eventually escapes by tunneling out through the prison walls, crawling through a sewer, and acquiring his freedom in the dead of night. But this wasn’t something he did on the spur of the moment. In fact, Andy’s plan required him to literally ‘chip away at it’ for several years. Each night when the prison lights went out he would chip away a tiny bit of rock from his prison wall to get closer and closer to his eventual escape. That’s exactly how I lived my life from the age of 13 to 31. (Ok, minus the prison walls, solitary confinement, and prison issued uniform. But still, there are a few similarities, I assure you.) Each day, starting from the beautiful spring morning in 1989 when I began my first job making $3.10 per hour at a local greenhouse and nursery, I chipped away at the obstacles in my way to design the life of my dreams. Each day chipping away at the wall between me and my freedom, so that one day I could do ONLY the work...

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