A short while ago I stepped outside of my comfort zone and discovered that I had inadvertently left the key on the other side of the door.
Needless to say I wasn’t filled with mirth and joy by the realization that I couldn’t just unlock the door and walk back inside. For a moment I stood at the locked door and wondered if there might be a way to jimmy the lock open.
Had the door been fitted with anything resembling a lock it might have had real potential but the sad truth was that I was faced with a flat surface and nothing but my hands with which to try and pry it open.
For a moment I considered trying to batter the door down but conceded that even though I have a body that is made for demolition some things are built to withstand the pounding that flesh and bones can provide.
Or maybe it is more accurate to say I gave in to curiosity and wanderlust and decided to try and use this time to go on my own walkabout.
“All that is gold does not glitter,
Not all those who wander are lost;
The old that is strong does not wither,
Deep roots are not reached by the frost.
From the ashes a fire shall be woken,
A light from the shadows shall spring;
Renewed shall be blade that was broken,
The crownless again shall be king.”
The Fellowship of The Ring- J.R.R. Tolkien
There is a certain amount of joy in being forced to change and take steps you might not otherwise have done. There are experiences you might not otherwise have had and moments that never would have come.
You could argue that sounds like nothing more than someone trying to rationalize their actions and I wouldn’t fault you. Nor would I try to stop you from saying it sounds like an excuse.
That is because the difference between excuses and reasons are often limited by what side of the fence you are standing upon. The choices we make don’t have to be based upon the choices that others would have or want us to make either.
“Don’t be too timid and squeamish about your actions. All life is an experiment.
The more experiments you make the better.”
― Ralph Waldo Emerson, Journals of Ralph Waldo Emerson, with Annotations – 1841-1844
“Logic will get you from A to Z; imagination will get you everywhere.”
― Albert Einstein
“Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.”
― Theodore Roosevelt
One of the other benefits about standing on the other side of the door is the way it forces you to distinguish between what you want and what you need.
If you are very lucky your wants and needs intersect in ways that make it easy for you to obtain both but I am not real sure how often that happens for most people.
What I am certain of is that it is worth taking the time to figure out the difference because when you do you enable yourself to take action. You create a situation in which you can build an outline or map that you can use to figure out what you need to do to obtain what you need and with a little luck even grab some of what you want.
And that my friends is where I am at and what I am trying to do. Stick around for a while and you just might found out how it all works out.
“Finish each day and be done with it.
You have done what you could.
Some blunders and absurdities no doubt crept in;
forget them as soon as you can.
Tomorrow is a new day.
You shall begin it serenely
and with too high a spirit to be encumbered with
your old nonsense.”
― Ralph Waldo Emerson