In 1992, a Chinese freighter mistakenly dropped a crate of 30,000 rubber duckies into the Pacific Ocean. Three months later, many of these “friendly floatees” were discovered on the coasts of Indonesia, Australia, and South America. Some daring ducks headed toward Alaska by crossing the Bering Strait and even sailed through the Arctic Ocean, finally landing on the coast of England.

Due to the accidental release of the rubber duckies, scientists were able to better understand ocean currents and wave patterns. Through this research, the ducks have introduced new opportunities to study more about the behavior of our oceans. These ducks not only contributed to oceanography research, but they also represent the idea of letting go of our comfort zone and trusting the rhythm of life to carry us to many other locations around the world. Our passionate intentions will shape our own lives and the world once they are given a chance to float on their own accord.

All of us encounter the emotional pull everyday to remain in our “comfort zone” and hold on to our protective shell of the past. This comfort zone can be addictive and paralyze us within its rigid boundaries. If we don’t break free and let go of what keeps us stuck, we will be cemented in the quicksands of our past patterns and unable to move forward, welcoming the opportunities that our present-future holds. Letting go open us to birthing new chapters in our lives and ultimately, personal transformation.

So here we go. One foot after the other. One deep breath at a time. One threshold after another to cross. Be one of those brave rubber duckies riding the currents into a purposeful future.

Author's Bio: 

Dr. Debra L. Reble is a licensed psychologist with expertise in the areas of individual and relationship counseling. She earned her doctorate in 1993 at Kent State University where she also taught courses in their school psychology program.

As a therapeutic intuitive, Dr. Reble also specializes in energetic healing, meditation, and guides people on their pathway toward personal transformation. She also serves as a life/spiritual coach providing information and supporting people through their life transitions. Her valuable insights and ability to assess and help people to release behavioral patterns and energetic blocks brings an enlightened perspective to human processes. Additionally, Dr. Reble focuses her energy through the heart center to nurture, embrace, and assist people in realizing their fullest potential.

Dr. Reble is the founder of HeartPaths of Cleveland, Ohio, a company that is dedicated to providing inspirational materials that enhance the full self-expression and well-being. Presently, Dr. Reble has published her first book, Soul-hearted Partnership: The Ultimate Experience of Love, Passion, and Intimacy, released in November of 2009.

Dr. Reble is also a director with Foundation in Light, an international nonprofit and educational organization whose mission is dedicated to the full integration of light through the heart into human experience. As a director, Dr. Reble assists in presenting workshops, retreats, and consultations nationally to facilitate personal growth, well-being, and full self-expression.