That day when you just suddenly begin to question your circumstances.
Why am I here?
Is this what I’m supposed to do?
For how long?
Is this all?
And then what?
Have you ever been there?
I woke up feeling uninspired one Tuesday- my focus narrowing on the normality of life:
same route from home to work, and back
the usual concerns
the usual complaints
It’s like ordering food from your favorite fast food chain. You get to buy a different combo meal every time or try out different combinations, but it’s all coming from the same menu. You already know what’s there and what you can get. No surprises. Nothing excitingly fresh. It’s plain. It’s dull.
Conclusion: Sameness leads to boredom. Boredom consumes passion.
Should you be alarmed? Yes! I remember a quote from the book Tuesdays with Morrie saying,
“When you’re in bed, you’re dead”. Years ago, this quote freed me from the trappings I’ve put myself in, and then again, it’s freeing me now.
Grass not watered on will wither and die. Like every tree that needs to bear good fruit so it’s not cut down and thrown into the fire (read: Matthew 7:19), we ought to do the same. We have to bear fruit, not only once, but through all seasons as long as there is life. To blossom is a divine call and it is a personal responsibility.
There is no end to what you can possibly do or accomplish, no limits for you to get better, no closed doors for growth and progress. This is exactly the key. When boredom strikes and stagnation knocks at your doorstep, open the door but don’t let it in. Fight back and defend your territory. How? Create a brand new opportunity or get better at an existing one.
Whatever you choose, you need to have something to accomplish, something to push you out of your limits,
out of your comfort zone,
out of the ordinary!
That way you’re constantly experiencing, contributing, growing and truly living.
Doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results is insanity. Take it from Albert Einstein. So if you want a better ending, a fruitful and exciting existence, do something different, or do something differently. Either way, you will win.
I know it’s not gonna be easy, and frankly, it never will be. Everything around you is going to change, the world will keep on revolving even if you choose to stop, or pause or sit quietly in one corner. Life will not wait for you. It will run its course the way it is destined to, and so should you!
If you’re not arriving at anything significant yet, that’s good news. That means there’s room for creating or achieving one. Don’t limit yourself for the simple reason that: You’re not meant to live in a box. That was not the plan.
As to how my Tuesday ended, I said yes to an invitation to do something I haven’t done before and totally out of my comfort zone.
We get better over time and we should! We learn as we go. Remember that talents and gifts not multiplied will be taken away (refer to Matthew 25:14-30, The Parable of the Talents). If you really treasure what you have been given, you will use it for good and use it to bless the people around you. That way your hands, your heart, and your mind don’t become idle. And as you go along you’ll get to discover and create a purpose that’s far bigger than you!