It’s been a minute since I last wrote a post for this site. Truth be told… this isn’t really a post. I’m currently writing because I want to fight against the ants in my pants (not literally, of course) and do what I know I’m gifted to do. Yes, sounds a bit arrogant, but it’s not. I have tossed and turned over ideas, thoughts, and what to share and not share across my social media platforms. I work in social media, so part of the fun is for me to create, generate ideas, and help promote a product. However, I built this website as a place to mold and shape the things I care about.
If anyone dares to read this, I want you to know that one of the things I’d like to work on is updating this website. However, in the meantime, I will work with what I have.
“Do what you can, where you are, with what you have.”
“Do what you can, where you are, with what you have.” Is a quote from one of my products on FYW company. Anyway, the whole point of this post as you can see from the title is to drop a note, say leave a thought that hopefully will spark something in you. Whoever you are, where ever you are, with whatever you’ve got… let’s just start. Start somewhere, anywhere. I’m excited to be sharing some important quick thoughts with you over the coming days, weeks, and months ahead. Buckle up, because I’m about to get real naked….
Not literally. Ha!
I have come to think about this concept of being brave as an act of willingness to look like the fool when the result, or outcome is uncertain. With a situation in mind, I wanted to take the time to explore with you in my blog, and offer up a suggestion that we must indeed take the time to reach deep into our core, and throw off the debris of life that has gathered upon us over the years, and dare to be fearless once again.
There have been many times in growing up where I would attempt to step out and do something radical. To dare to ask the question that everyone wants to know, but no one is willing or brave enough to slip up their hand and ask. When people started to point out this feature in me, by making fun of me I used to wish I could be like the ‘cool kids’ instead it seemed that I didn’t really belong any group. I searched and searched for a table that I could fit into, and many times found myself spending lunch times alone, in tears. After years of trying to fit into the mould of other people’s ideas and opinions, I have come to realise that there are many people who life to project the image of confidence, but underneath the reality is something quite different. The scary thing is some even have gone through tough situations, and suppress their feelings so deep that they end up not even aware of how they feel. This can cause even more destruction in our lives.
I don’t know about you, but I have found an awakening to life over these past few months that extends beyond anything I could have, or allowed myself to imagine. I am discovering that whilst I find a repeat of certain circumstances in life, and a stronger desire to change, and deeper struggle to take what I have learnt and apply that to my life I am discovering something far greater and more valuable than anything I’ve discovered before. The power to be me in every season. Yes, I have always been known by those close enough to my life as a fearless dreamer, but in honesty as life happens I have found myself fall into a place of deep conflict. I have spend a rather long time running from those dreams in the opposite direction, and hiding behind the labels and boxes that life inevitably tries to put us in. Now in some weird and mysterious way I am learning that it is important to be bold in all that you do, to be brave and deliberate with your life. To be willing like to bible character Noah who said yes to building ahead of a something he had never been exposed to or experienced before.
I’ve never been sky diving before, and I’ve never really wanted to either. I’m happy to go a plane, but if you ask me do I want to jump out of one. The answer will most definitely NOT, you crazy person!
Still, I do love this beautiful multi coloured parachute…
The closest I’ve probably come to an extreme sport is zip wiring down a 25ft creek. Back in high school I went on a team building weekend to an outdoor activities centre. I still remember the fear of the unknown and terrifying fate that awaited me as I stood 25ft up, on a rock that I was about to glide off from, with nothing but a harness and a rope to cling on too.
Life can be much like those risk taking events. One minute your standing on a rock, safe, secure and happy; and the next you are being pushed off a cliff into free fall.
I guess both situations can feel very scary, even if you purposely decide to jump out of a plane, or off a cliff for fun. One thing is for sure it is better to do either within the safety of a parachute, or a harness. The consequences of doing either without would be foolish, right? The truth is both require elements of risk. We must come to understand that it’s not so much whether we choose to take the risk to jump, but whether we do it within the safety of a harness, or with no thought or safety net in place. I know which one I’d prefer.
There have been situations in life where I have seemingly jumped head first without thought, and some where I have taken time to process and think through my decisions. Some work out, others don’t. What happens when we get thrown of course after we made the decision to do something at a risk, and it ends so suddenly? We could get bitter, we most certainly be hurt, but I have come to find that the beautiful side to taking a risk to love someone or go after a dream is to appreciate and celebrate what it was to be brave, and even if it doesn’t go the way we planned; remain hopefully that whatever happens next time I will jump again, and I will do things differently, and I will wear a better harness. There is beauty to be had on the other side of that jump/risk. It’s the worst pain in the world to feel rejected by someone that you love. However, I refuse to let my life become a bitter experience where I stand on the rock. You can witness some amazing sights by standing on a rock, or looking out of the plane; but there is nothing quite like taking that step of faith, and experience the beauty in the free fall, with your parachute in place to swoop you into the air and escort you down gently.
Suddenly those overwhelming thoughts of fear (adrenaline) pumping through your body, as you begin to take that step of faith in an unknown situation, quickly fade.
There’s a verse in the bible that says, “If you want to walk on water, you have to get out of the boat.” I paraphrased, but it’s basically saying if you want to live extraordinary then you must be willing to do extraordinary things, and not conform or compare to how we think something should, may or could go.