Embracing courage seems so simple in the life of a child.
It’s a little second grader asking a new friend to play with her at recess, risking the chance she’ll say no.
It’s jumping off that first little diving board into the arms of a swimming instructor.
It’s putting their arms out to catch that ball just thrown to them.
I am convinced that courage is the key element in a life well-lived. I’m also convinced that admitting that we’re lacking courage is a profoundly difficult thing for adults to do. Because it’s so easy to just continue our day-to-day lives without any examination of our dreams and the courage it takes to pursue it.
Mid-life, I think, is an interesting time to take on the concept of courage. Typically, this season of life brings about reflection about what has been accomplished and a contemplation of how to make the most impact on others for the remainder of our life. To be willing to “jump off that diving board” into the unknown takes a lot of courage, because honestly, there’s a lot at stake. But, perhaps, there’s even more at stake, if you don’t embrace the courage and jump.
For me, it’s a matter of being being at a point where I’ve found success, but knowing that there’s something more that utilizes my talents in a way that benefits others even more.
I am hearing a whisper about what that is.
I’ve tried to deny it.
I’ve tried to ignore it.
And, I’ve tried to say it wasn’t true.
But, the whisper remains.
Why? Because it takes courage to respond to a whisper that alters the direction of your life. It’s not what was in “the plan.” It’s not how I defined success before. But, it is the truth.
So, my first step in applying courage to this whisper is writing it down. Because then, it becomes real. For me, writing it down, makes it actionable.
Could I easily go on and continue to find success in my current path? Of course I could. That’s just who I am. Progress will always be a part of my life.
But, I’m not going for progress any more. I’m going for impact. I’m searching for passion. I’m looking to be the best me I can be, even if it’s a me I didn’t plan for.
If you hear a whisper, I encourage you to listen. Write it down. Let it blossom. Because that is a life well lived.
How long would you work to make your dream come true?
I loved this question discussed in Dan Miller’s podcast “A Positive Mind Repels a Negative Life.”
Three very important questions were asked that made me think.
1. If you had to work towards your dream for one year, would you do it?
2. If you had to work towards your dream for five years, would you do it?
3. If you had to work towards your dream for 10 years, would you do it?
But, what really caused me to pause was when Dan shared this: Let’s say it takes 10 years and you’re 3o now. That means by the time you’re 40, you could be living your dream. Those 10 years, will go by fast.
And, what I thought in my head after that was this: “There is STILL so much life to be lived after 40. So many lives I could impact.”
What I’m currently navigating is this question: How do I balance patience in making my dream come true and tenacity to make it real sooner than later? What’s the right balance? How many sacrifices are appropriate? I don’t have the answers yet, but I’m lovin’ the journey!
What’s your dream? How long would you work towards it? How important is it, especially when you consider “a life well lived.”