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Do only fools rush in? Tuesday April 28, 2015

Betty Churcher, who died was the first woman in Australia to manage our National Gallery.
"They say fools rush in where angels fear to tread," she said in one of her last interviews.

"Well, I'm the fool, but I'm glad I'm the fool because I've rushed in and done things that seemed on the surface to be almost impossible." she explained.

When I was younger and manic I would be so impulsive and I learnt to believe that maybe the angels were right to be afraid, because there always seemed long term disastrous results for my foolishness.

One day on a short break down the coast, after years of living sensibly taking few risks, I saw a lovely freehold shop for sale with a flat on top.

My dream had been to have a shop, for many years I had market stalls. My children were now grown up and had left home.

Families and friends advised me against taking the plunge. They were worried that at best I was following my heart and rushing into a venture that would affect my health and finances. At worst they feared I would be very depressed and all alone in small town.

This December will be my tenth anniversary in my shop which still makes me happy when I walk downstairs each day and enter it. I love the great variety of items, the smell of old quirky books, the great range of books, the mixture of chaos and order. I have made new friends who form my support network. I have learnt so much about what I am capable of and how to run a business. I have even started to learn from my many mistakes!

The best part is being my own boss so if I am having a bad day I can open later or close early.

Of course I am not saying it is advisable to rush into a new venture with no planning but sometimes I think one needs to be brave, to maybe appear foolish and take a chance.

It maybe something like learning a new skill at a mature age, trying public speaking when you know you are nervous, or even writing a blog for moodscope when you have never written a blog before.

From an old fool
A Moodscope member.

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Leah Tue, Apr 28th 2015 @ 3:26am

In my rush to finish the blog, I left my name off it. Leah aka an old fool in the nicest sense!!

Di Murphey Tue, Apr 28th 2015 @ 6:24am

Dearest Leah aka Old Fool In the Nicest Sense ~
How lovely and inspiring to hear of your courage and commitment to your heart. I have much to learn from your post and I thank you.

Leah Tue, Apr 28th 2015 @ 6:28am

thank you for your kind words, they mean a lot to me. I never thought of myself as having courage so thanks for pointing that out.

Netty. Tue, Apr 28th 2015 @ 7:01am

Great first blog well done.Yoy have given me inspiration to help me make changes in ny life so hard when struggling with mood changes.It must be a joy to visit your shop .You sound like a wise owl.Looking forward to your next blog.

Anonymous Tue, Apr 28th 2015 @ 7:40am

Good for you! I can just magine you in your shop. Shops are a great way of networking I think. I go to the same ones in my suburban village each week, and know some great people there who have become part of my support network since I retired five years ago.

Leah Tue, Apr 28th 2015 @ 8:09am

Thanks so much but this is my 4th blog. Not sure about a wise owl but definitely a bower bird. Leah

Leah Tue, Apr 28th 2015 @ 8:11am

Thanks for your observations about shops. Small shops can not compete with big shops with price but they can offer service, a smile and a friendly atmosphere. I have customers who just come in for a chat.

Julia Tue, Apr 28th 2015 @ 8:16am

How wonderful Leah. I have read all your blogs and loved them. I am imagining you in your shop full of books and feeling content amongst them. Good for you doing something when everyone around you said no. I think it might spur me on to actually do something if everyone said no! Very irresponsible and illogical thinking on my part I know. I love reading about marathon runners who only took it up at the age of 80 or authors who wrote their first book at 70. Leah, you are my sort of gal, unconventional and a risk taker.

Anonymous Tue, Apr 28th 2015 @ 8:19am

Good for you! I wish you many more happy years in your shop :-)

Rupert Tue, Apr 28th 2015 @ 8:24am

Inspirational Leah whether it is your first or your hundreth blog! Rupert

Elizabeth Tue, Apr 28th 2015 @ 9:06am

Julia, go for it whatever it is, I have a nagging feeling (which might of course be totally wrong ;)), that you need it. Good luck, Elisabeth

Anonymous Tue, Apr 28th 2015 @ 9:16am

"Contrary to popular belief, courage is not the absence of fear but the heart to act in spite of fear."

Really loved this. So heartwarming.

Anonymous Tue, Apr 28th 2015 @ 10:05am

In imagining that magic moment when you knew you would buy the shop, i must admit to feeling envious, Leah. Spontaneous pure freedom mixed with courage and faith. I am happy for you and that it worked out so well. An inspirational blog, thank you! susan xx

Julia Tue, Apr 28th 2015 @ 10:06am

You are right Elizabeth. Thank you. Am not sure what I will do though.I hope your studies are going well.

Anonymous Tue, Apr 28th 2015 @ 10:26am

What a great blog and it must have been an air punching moment when you made the decision! An old fool is a lovely name :-D conjures up hazy, romantic sigh-moments! Love from the room above the garage x.

Leah Tue, Apr 28th 2015 @ 11:34am

thanks for your kind words. I really appreciate them. I am a bit of a rebel and if someone says don't do it I do it!! The only way I got through high school because teachers kept saying I would fail the final exam!! Please do something you have always wanted to do. I have always thought of myself as an under achiever and would love to write a book one day. I like you love reading about aiuthors writing their first book in their senior years! Thanks again Leah

leah Tue, Apr 28th 2015 @ 11:37am

Thanks ratg,
I love reading your posts and hope you"re feeling ok. I love your name, I would have been the room above the shop, but it sounded too much like yours!! Leah

Leah Tue, Apr 28th 2015 @ 11:39am

I wish I ever get to write my 100th blog!! I suppose Thanks for your reply. Leah

Leah Tue, Apr 28th 2015 @ 11:40am

Thanks so much for your reply. Leah

Leah Tue, Apr 28th 2015 @ 11:41am

Thank you so much for your moving words. I think when I am feeling a bit sorry for myself I should remember your kind words and realise how lucky I am. Thanks so much. Leah

leah Tue, Apr 28th 2015 @ 11:43am

I love the quote . Thanks for your response.

Laura Tue, Apr 28th 2015 @ 5:14pm

Leah, thanks for sharing part of your story with us. It seems to me that the people who feel most "alive" and enjoy what they do are the ones who take risks, like you. You didn't let your fear hold you back, and that is a big win. More power to you!

Hopeful One Tue, Apr 28th 2015 @ 5:14pm

Hi Leah- a heart warming blog . Always follow one dreams that's why they are there.. Thank you for that.

Leah Tue, Apr 28th 2015 @ 9:40pm

Thank you for your response. I had always thought risk taking was a bad thing and at times it can be. There are times when taking a risk is a good thing. The trick is to know the difference!! Thanks again. Leah

Leah Tue, Apr 28th 2015 @ 9:41pm

Hopeful one,
Thank you for your kind words. Leah

Elizabeth Wed, Apr 29th 2015 @ 9:42am

Thanks for asking, well, I am not quite on time, but I have still hope to finish by september. And just in the last two weeks I am quite excited about my thesis :) (Solving Einstein equations ... I will have my own universe, yay! ;))

Anonymous Wed, Apr 29th 2015 @ 9:58am


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