“Comfort zones are most often expanded through discomfort.”
 ~Peter McWilliams

Cheque : Male hand with pen filling a bank check Stock Photo

The Check

The business executive was deep in debt and could see no way out. Creditors were closing in on him. Suppliers were demanding payment. He sat on the park bench, head in hands,wondering if anything could save his company from bankruptcy.

Suddenly an old man appeared before him."I can see that something is troubling you," he said.

After listening to the executive's woes, the old man said,"I believe I can help you."

He asked the man his name, wrote out a check, and pushed it into his hand saying, "Take this money. Meet me here exactly one year from today, and you can pay me back at that time."

Then he turned and disappeared as quickly as he had come.

The business executive saw in his hand a check for $500,000,signed by John D. Rockefeller, then one of the richest men in the world!

"I can erase my money worries in an instant!" he realized.But instead, the executive decided to put the uncashed check in his safe. Just knowing it was there might give him the strength to work out a way to save his business, he thought.

With renewed optimism, he negotiated better deals and extended terms of payment. He closed several big sales.
Within a few months, he was out of debt and making money once again.

Exactly one year later,he returned to the park with the uncashed check.
At the agreed-upon time,the old man
appeared. But just as the executive was about to hand back the check and share his success story, a nurse came running up and grabbed the old man.

"I'm so glad I caught him!" she cried. 
"I hope he hasn't been bothering you. He's always escaping from the home and telling people he's John D. Rockefeller."

And she led the old man away by the arm.

~ Author Unknown

Blank_check : Close up of a pen and blank check. Stock Photo"The hardest thing to do is leaving your comfort zone. But you have to let go of the life you're familiar with and take the risk to live the life you dream about."- T. Arigo

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"Life begins at the end of your comfort zone."~Neale Donald Walsch

Gift : Beautiful gift box with a white backgroundWhat an amazing story !!!!!! Seems more like a Divine Intervention.
I would have preferred to spell check...as cheque.Call it an old stick in the mud approach :) However,apart from the fact that it is someone else's piece of writing......I appreciate the fact that it allows me to check my own mindset.
Ever so often one forgets that the best helping hand is always at the end of one's own arm.
Sometimes.....getting out of one's comfort zone... is all that is required of us.