“There is no passion to be found in playing small — settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living.” — Nelson Mandela
Time sometimes has a way of letting contentment creep into our lives. Soon, we are fully content and don’t attempt to grow any further. Oftentimes that comes with age, but can still effect young people too. Sometimes people look at their lives and say to themselves something like, “Look how far I’ve come. I’m successful, have a nice life, a good job, a great family, good friends, good health…”
This applies to all people in all walks of life – moms, dads, kids, grandmas, grandpas, blue collar workers, white collar workers, rich, poor, business leaders and everyone in between. No one is exempt.
Sometimes though, we need someone to reach out, take us by the collar, look us in the eye and then smack us…hard! We need to be reminded that although we are content and satisfied and are doing fine, we are often falling far short of making the most of our natural-born talents.
Note, the guy who smacks you in the face, isn’t doing so out of anger or frustration, but rather a reminder of who you really are, what you are capable of and of how far short of the “accomplishment” mark we likely are in our lives.
It’s funny how easy it was to be lulled into a false sense of inflated accomplishment when in reality, there is just so much more that we can do…and that we shouldn’t do. Every once in a while, we all need to get smacked….to get shaken up…to literally force us to become greater…much greater.
If something inside is telling you that you’ve already given all you can, if you think there is nothing you can do but continue down the path you are on now, if you think you have your goals set and your plan in place and you are on the right path — Consider the possibility that you are mistaken, that you are selling yourself and every person in your life short — Big Time!
As children of God, it is our personal responsibility to pursue greatness and the significant contributions we know we can make. It all boils down to taking action and being creative. The chance for greatness resides in all of us.
Indeed, that “smack” in your face may sting for a few short minutes, but then you’ll realize you can do, be and contribute more than how “time” has tricked you into being content. Take some time to think about your life and all the interconnected relationships that can be renewed and invigorated and prepare to move full power ahead toward maximizing your true calling.
Look out. Here it comes. SMACK !!!