Life is about discovery and without our curiosity and the courage to attempt things we will not discover our abilities or learn useful lessons.
I remember when I was about 9 or 10 going fishing with my friend Anna. We were determined to show the boys that we too could be adventurous and that we could bring back worthwhile spoils. We had grown tired of hearing all their heroic and adventure filled stories and being witness to their numerous spoil which included pigeons, fish and once deer meat – although I still don’t know how they managed that.
Well, on this day Anna and I spent most of the morning catching as many ‘fish’ as possible to ensure that our catch was just as impressive. With broad smiles we arrived back with our container filled with murky water and tiny creatures swimming happily. When all the boys had gathered around to witness our catch one of them suddenly shouted ‘tadpoles!’
Oh how disappointed we were.
But looking back now what an adventure – how many people get to catch so many baby frogs .
The lesson I draw from this story is to always have a go at what I believe in, if it doesn’t work out I will have learnt a lesson that will become a stepping stone for my next attempt. I definitely will never confuse tadpoles for baby fish again.
It’s important to have faith, to have a strong belief that our situation will change for the better. However is that enough, should we pray for courage and then stay where we are? James challenges us to show our faith through our actions;
‘Show me how anyone can have faith without actions. I will show you my faith by my actions … Do you want to be shown that faith without actions is useless?’ (James 2: 18-20)
I often feel disappointed when I look back at things I wish I had done yet never made any attempt at them. One of the reasons I end up not attempting things I so passionately believe in is the fear of what people will think or say if I fail.
Writing this blog has been part of my journey of self discovery, of overcoming, of moving away from my comfort zone. I write to challenging myself and others to take brave steps and experience the fullness of life.
I recently wrote a post about being brave not because I feel brave in all areas of my life but because I realise that bravery is within me, it is quality that needs to be awakened. It is discovered when we make an attempt to move away from the comfort zone.
Bravery is quality that needs to be awakened. It is discovered when we make an attempt to move away from the comfort zone.
Does this resonates with you? I’d love to hear about your experience.