Stepping out of your comfort zone

Years ago nobody thought that human beings would ever fly.  But someone tried something a little uncomfortable and flight was born.  But there were plenty of people that told Orville and Wilbur Wright that what they were attempting was impossible.

I bring this up for a simple reason: people will always feel that you can’t do something great.  And then when you do – many will feel that you are ‘special’ or that you’re ‘just lucky’.  Some people will even be of awe.  But very few will venture down the path you’re taking.

One of my favorite stories of this comes from a book called ‘Illusions’ by Richard Bach.  Please by the book and let the messages sink in.

I’m going to take liberties and show your the story from the preface of the book…

The Savior:

Once there lived a village of creatures along the bottom of a great crystal river.

The current of the river swept silently over them all – young and old, rich and poor, good and evil, the current going its own way, knowing only its own crystal self.

Each creature in its own manner clung tightly to the twigs and rocks at the river bottom, for clinging was their way of life, and resisting the current what each had learned from birth.

But one creature said at last, ‘I am tired of clinging. Though I cannot see it with my eyes, I trust that the current knows where it is going. I shall let go, and let it take me where it will. Clinging, I shall die of boredom.’

The other creatures laughed and said, ‘Fool! Let go, and that current you worship will throw you tumbled and smashed across the rocks, and you shall die quicker than boredom!’

But the one heeded them not, and taking a breath did let go, and at once was tumbled and smashed by the current across the rocks.

Yet in time, as the creature refused to cling again, the current lifted him free from the bottom, and he was bruised and hurt no more.

And the creatures downstream, to whom he was a stranger, cried, ‘See a miracle! A creature like ourselves, yet he flies! See the Messiah, come to save us all!’

And the one carried in the current said, ‘I am no more Messiah than you. The river delights to lift us free, if only we dare let go. Our true work is this voyage, this adventure.’

But they cried the more, ‘Saviour!’ all the while clinging to the rocks, and when they looked again he was gone, and they were left alone making legends of a Saviour.

So great!  See the point?  Even though he did something that any of the creatures could also learn to do – they all continued to cling to the rocks.  Don’t be that person.  Celebrate the success of others and learn to let go of your ‘rocks’.

All the best,
- JR Fent

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