I pulled into the parking lot about 11 minutes early. Just enough time to slowly walk through the lobby, notice the gallery of artwork, and wait a bit for the elevator doors to open. There it was the ding announcing the elevator’s arrival, the doors opened and invited me to enter the vault like interior. I took the few short steps in, turned around and pressed the button for the second floor.
Why does time seem to stand still when we are uncomfortable? Seconds of waiting for the inevitable discomfort can stretch as if days.
It was long enough for me to notice the padded walls and the cardboard taped down to protect the marble tiled floor. “They must be moving furniture or boxes or something” I thought. Anything to keep me from thinking about what may come next.
As the doors heaved apart I reluctantly put one foot and then another in the direction of my destination.
Suddenly, there I was, seen, there would be no turning back. They greeted me with smiles and handshakes, and sign in sheets, and agenda – it was all a bit overwhelming.
There is an extraordinary amount of protocol to participate in this group.
Protocol is not my strong suit – I’m casual, laid back, informal – I lack pedigree. While I’ve spent years scoffing at such ceremony – I now revere it. I respect the effort. In all honesty, it takes a level of self control and discipline to be ceremonial that I have yet to possess.
Maybe this will get absorbed into my soul?
I have metaphorically jumped into the deep end – will I sink or swim? These are the feelings of a girl getting outside of her comfort zone. But I want the BIGGER vision I have for myself and my life – and for that I must be stretched, transformed, and become a BIGGER me.
The hour was intense. It required me to graciously receive the encouragement extended by those who were veterans of the endeavor.
I borrowed their courage to endure. First we borrow, then we posses.
Wanna know what it was that I did? Have any guesses?
I attended a Toastmasters Club meeting – my intention is to join. Not familiar with the Club? In a nut shell, it’s an intense hour of practicing the art of extemporaneous public speaking. Sounds like stressful fun right? Ha! Even so, I already have week #2 under my belt. Which was a bit more intense than week #1. 😳
Here’s the thing… I had just enough courage to email the club for info and make myself get to the meeting. Not enough to get me through the meeting or attend again or join shall I dare. But enough to start.
I used their encouragement to supply me during the hour. And wouldn’t you know… as I rode that same padded elevator back down to the first floor… there it was.
A fresh supply deposited in my spirit. Enough to put a slight bounce in my step and have the audacity to commit for a second week as a visitor.
Attribute #1: COMFORTABLE WITH UNCOMFORTABLE – Get outside of your comfort zone, make trying ‘new’ things a habit.
This attribute of courage stretches you – makes you BIGGER than you currently are. The courage to try new things increases your ability and your capacity.
What about you? Did you brainstorm ways that you could get outside of your comfort zone? If so, would you share with the rest of us? We wanna hear from you.
That’s this week’s conversation starter.
Now it’s your turn – share your ideas 💡 in the comments and let’s support one another in the attribute of COMFORTABLE WITH UNCOMFORTABLE.
Until next week my friends…be strong and courageous.
If you’re in a place where life is hard and need some perspective, I’m glad you found me.
PERSPECTIVE is what I can offer you. I’m a wife of 20 years, mom of a couple of teens, I’ve worked in corporate America, run a small family owned business, and served faithfully in ministry along the way. I’ve been a working mom, a homeschooling mom, and whatever else the world has chosen to label me. When I had a big important job – I also had a nanny, when I traded my private office and six figure salary to give my family the attention they needed, I became the nanny and day one almost broke me. Over the last 20 years, I’ve upsized, downsized, and weathered many storms, but that’s life…LIFE HAPPENS. If you’re feeling discouraged because LIFE HAS HAPPENED, or HAS HAPPENED AGAIN, I’m here to help you gain PERSPECTIVE. Not to sugar coat your version of hard, but to offer some real PERSPECTIVE coming from a gal who’s developed grit through adversity. I’m here to remind you that cultivating courage in your everyday ordinary life is the path to help you find some higher ground and gain a healthy PERSPECTIVE to keep moving forward.