“When you play it too safe, you’re taking the biggest risk of your life. Time is the only wealth we’re given.” ~ Barbara Sher
What are you up to today?
Are you playing it safe? Are you doing what you’ve always done? Are you towing the company line? Are you doing what’s expected?
And how does that make you feel? Really and deeply, how do you feel about that?
Perhaps it is good.
Perhaps, though…you feel some twinge to be more authentic to who you really are.
There’s this one little thing, though.
“The greatest mistake you can make in life is to continually be afraid you will make one.” ~ Elbert Hubbard
Will you crash, will you stumble and look foolish? Will you somehow fail?
Yes, you will. You WILL have some things that just don’t go the way you’re hoping. And that may feel painful for a while.
There is good there, though. It is most definitely there. Believe it.
And Nature Speaks to Us
Let me share a personal experience that happened. Recently, I was in Arizona, with my oldest son and a cousin on mine. We were there to do some mountain biking (and jeeping…which was a whole lot of fun…although it doesn’t relate to this story).
None of us are expert mountain bikers. So, we chose to do an intermediate trail (because we happen to sometimes let our heads get a little bigger than they should…) in the beautiful and scenic Sedona area of Arizona. This trail proved to be challenging for us, although still also do-able (well…there were moments where we were wondering about that, too…).
…back to the story.
We had been out for several hours, out in the backcountry of this beautiful locale. And we approached a flat, easy biking area (note: there weren’t a lot of these areas on the trail we had chosen!). I happened to be the lead biker at the time (how I had taken that position…I’m not sure!!)
Around a corner I came, and was greeted by a large flat rock area…that dropped off to another large flat rock area.
The few people we’d seen on our way out (we were coming back at this time) had walked their bikes down from one rock area to the next.
I was sure I could land it…that I could jump from one surface down to the next, without walking my bike. (do you see my brilliance shining through????)
The next thing I remember, I am sliding across the lower rock, face down. Meanwhile my bike is upon these rocks, some distance behind me.
After coming to a stop, I slowly (very slowly!) stood up. One glove is ripped, and my hand is swollen. My chest hurts. I cautiously walk back to my bike. My son, Jakob, explains to me how he came around the corner to see me flying through the air (I don’t remember that part…I just remember skidding across that rock after *crash* landing!). He, after seeing this, decides to walk his bike down the rocks! (he’s good with lessons like that!)
Anyway, I came away with a badly bruised hand, and what I think is a cracked rib.
[Note: Please do not use any of this information as medical advice. What I did should have probably involved a trip to the nearest medical center.]
And I got back on that bike. Back on, and we rode for several hours after that.
Was I less carefree after that? Perhaps, yes. (I was well aware of my hand and chest at this point!)
However, I was also more aware of my surroundings. I was seeing these rocks in a new light. The trail became more real. The obstacles…something I put more focus on. And in all, a greater appreciation for the natural surroundings all around me.
Back to The Day to Day of Living
What happens when we take a chance? When we try something new? When we “jump off that cliff”?
Sometimes, some pretty amazing and wonderful things happen.
And sometimes…some very challenging things happen, too.
…or so it appears.
What if we choose to get back up, brush ourselves off, and get back on that bike that’s taking us down the trail of life?
When we do this — we can soar to new heights!! We can, because we are looking now with new eyes, at what before our taking of this “chance”, was just a possibility. So, even when we fail, when we falter, when we fall — there are still such great, great things we can come from this!
“I failed my way to success.” ~ Thomas Edison
Take a chance. Do something a bit out of your comfort zone. Live your life!
Because tomorrow is no guarantee.
I’m looking to leap here in this space, too. More on this in the coming months, as it all comes together. Rest assured, that this place will still exist, although I’m ready to move toward Jungle 2.0. And there might even be some crashes along the way. I’m looking forward to it all (I figure it can’t be as painful as my chest feels right now!!).