A deep breath. Steady hands. Go.
Give up the steering wheel. Give up the microphone. Give up the noise.
And then suddenly, the light goes on.
It started as a flicker. Those little moments in life that start to steer you in a new direction. For me, it was a gut feeling that I was on the verge of change. Fundamental, core-shaking change.
Then the fear of the unknown creeps in. The light for new ideas and growth turns off… only to be turned on abruptly again a few days later.
Isn’t it funny how life takes us on such a long and twisted journey? One chapter dissolves to the next. Perhaps a problem, a character flaw, or a decision we made seems overwhelming in the moment. But then we turn the page and suddenly a solution or a new path is in front of us.
Do you ever see yourself on the outside, looking in? Do you see the road you’re on and second guess if it’s really for you? Perhaps you’ve made certain decisions in response to a life you think you’re “supposed” to be living?
I think we’ve all been there. But hallelujah, I’m thankful the light flips on to remind me that I don’t want to live an ordinary life. I want an extraordinary one. Nothing scares me more than falling into a life of mediocrity.
I’ve found it’s usually a defining moment that radically changes our way of thinking. Or perhaps, a series of twists, turns and late night chats with The Big Man Upstairs. I’ve got to tell you, I’m a big fan of those chats. Re-framing a situation with The Man In Charge keeps me from losing my mind!
At the end of the day, it’s comforting to know we’re not entirely in control of our lives. It’s exhausting trying to have a tight grip on everything and everyone! There are so many decisions, random acts of nature and outside forces that pull us all over the place. We could all be off this earth tomorrow (crazy thought, right?)
I’ve learned all the planning in the world goes out the window when The Big Man Upstairs has other things in mind. Which leads me back to this idea of a defining moment, the “Ah-ha!” in our lives. I like to think it’s a little seed that’s been planted to make a change for bigger and better things to come. We can ignore it, or we can step out in faith that something more awesome is being shaped and created for us.
My goal now is to listen, and put words into action. A little silence really clears my mind and heart for something new. Is there an open path you’re looking to go down? A decision you’re thinking about? Or just a new experience you want to try?
They say life begins at the end of your comfort zone.
Time to get a little uncomfortable.