“One’s real life is often the life that one does not lead.”
stories of regrets.
Options are comforting. Without options, we feel trapped and vulnerable. When we generate options and possibilities, we free our spirit. When we open ourselves to options and possibilities, the world brings them to our door. But there is an inherent danger in this as well. While options and possibilities are comforting, actually taking advantage of an option or possibility can leave us anxious and full of fear. So we have a choice. Do we take that step or do we turn away from the very options and possibilities that we sought?
Many people will be like those I mentioned in the first paragraph. They will seek opportunity and options. They will wait for them. They will watch them come–and they will watch them go. And someday they will remember those options with regret in their voice. But at least they were safe. They did not stumble, they did not fall,
they were not bruised.
And then there will be other people–many less of them, but they exist nonetheless. These people seek out the options. They wait for them. They watch them come and they hold their breath and jump. And it is exhilarating, no matter whether they land on their feet or on their head. Because when you believe and jump, you learn the true
meaning of faith. You learn to trust in life and the process instead of yourself and your mind. And once you reach that place … your options and possibilities are limitless.
Think about your life and the options, dreams and possibilities you have sought out. Have you hunted for something, only to retreat when it landed on your doorstep? We can only learn and become more by going to a place where we don’t know and we have room to become. Columbus couldn’t have discovered the world if he only looked in his backyard. Where are your options taking you? What land are you being called to discover? What will you do about it? Will you live your story, or will you tell a story of regret?
I step outside of my comfort zone and into life.
And as always, don’t forget to start your day with a heartfelt: “Something great is going to happen today… I can’t wait to see what it is!”
And when ending your day ask yourself: “What is one more thing I can do to make today matter?”