Thursday, June 10, 2010

Cross the Line

With everything, there's a line.

On one side of the line is a greater chance to give more, enjoy more, realize more. On the other side, there's less of a chance.And with each line, there's a choice. You want to cross the line or you don't. You want the better chance at meaningful - opportunity - impact - or you settle with the lesser chance.

Your choice. It seems simple but...

Then there'll be those times - those times when in the short run it'll seem like you can't cross the line (no matter what you do). But then, those misses (those hurdles) in the short run will sometimes help you over the line in the long run (in a way you couldn't have seen). They'll serve as lessons, giving you more depth to your experience.

But you won't know that at the time.At the time, you'll just see that line.And it might seem like a wall.But it really is just a line (a line you want to cross).And it's yours to cross but you have to decide (make that choice).

It seems simple but...

Then there'll be those people - those people who've decided they'd rather not cross the line and would prefer you didn't either - sprinkle in a little doubt, withhold a little encouragement, step in the way.Then there'll be that inner voice - that inner voice that'll remind you you're not that special and things like that are for other people. (What are you thinking?)

Then there'll be the work - the work that'll be the real challenge that some people never face because of the false challenges from those times, those people, or that inner voice that keep us from trying (and bouncing back).

But there's the line.
And it needs to be crossed.
And you can cross it.
It's up to you.

Sam Parker 2010