What Could You See?
Hi there. I have a question for you.
What could you see if you chose to see beyond what you can see?
Yes, it's a complex question. What started me to thinking about it is a recent review of my journey from then to now. I was taking a trip back down memory lane and looking at just how far I have come.
If you had asked me 30 years ago, "Where would you be in 30 years?" I'm not sure that I would have had a good answer. I have always been more of a 5, 10, 20 year kind of planner.
30 years was just a little too far outside of my visionary capabilities. What I can tell you for sure is this: I never would have imagined myself being in the place I am in right now. I could not see myself back then doing the things that I do now.
I won't say that I was totally in the dark though. I had hints. People who traveled briefly through periods in my life. They spoke big dreams. I stared and blinked. "Not me," I thought. "Definitely, not me."
Yet, here I am doing things that I could not have imagined myself doing 30 years ago.
Those travelers knew or saw something I couldn't see myself. They somehow knew. How could I not know?
I believe I know why I did not know. I chose not to know. Have you ever been hit hard with a truth that made you say "No." I mean just outright deny the reality of the situation. It's happening but you deny it is happening. Or has happened.
Well, that is a great example of "choosing not to see." Most of us have selective sight. We see what we want to see. And we don't see what we don't want to see.
As I look back on my journey, I can see how ridiculous and unnecessary it was for me to spin my wheels in certain places.
How much further along would I be if I had chose to see?
This is why I speak so much about stepping into your fears and pushing yourself outside of your self-imposed comfort zone. It's true. "They" are not holding us back. "We" are holding ourselves back.
What if you chose to see beyond what you see?
Here is what I want to tell you: sometimes your eyes are too feeble to see it. So you must borrow someone else's eyes. Some call them mentors. Some call them teachers. Some call them coaches. Whoever they are, they cause you to catch a glimpse of something you could not see through your own eyes.
What will you do when they reveal what you cannot see?
This is the critical part. Your response will determine the trajectory of your path. Sure, you can do like me and take the scenic route. But having seen the scenic route, I wouldn't recommend it.
If you have the most the most of your finite time, and I recommend that you do, you must lean into your fears, push beyond your familiar places, and boldly step onto the pathway of uncertainty.
As Dr. Brene Brown would probably say, "You must get into the arena (gladiator) and be willing to get your teeth kicked out." Yes, that means embracing failure and hardship as part of the process.
When I tell you that the most freeing statement I ever read was "Life is difficult," this is what I am talking about. Being willing to choose to see the difficult path and take it. I will go ahead and tell you, the scenic route is way more difficult and frustrating.
What I really want to say to you Beloveds is this: live your life with boldness and sheer audacity. Don't let the naysayers stop you. And certainly don't stop yourself by refusing to see beyond what you can see.
Go find a mentor, teacher, or coach.
Ask them to tell you what they see.
And choose to see it for yourself.
That is the way to LIVE.
"Go out and BE what God has call you to BE!"