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 other combinations, but it comes from the same menu. So 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. The wise say, “Grass not watered on will wither and die.” So like every tree that needs to bear fruit (read: Matthew 7:19), we ought to do the same. We have to bear fruit, not only once but throughout life.
To blossom is a divine call, and it is a personal responsibility.
There is no end to what you can do or accomplish, and there will always be room for growth and progress. So when boredom strikes and stagnation knocks at your doorstep, defend your territory. How? You can explore new opportunities or seek to improve at the current 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, and growing.
Doing the same thing repeatedly and expecting different results is insanity. Take it from Albert Einstein. So if you want a better ending do something different or do something differently. Either way, you will win.
I know it’s not going to be easy, and frankly, it will never be. Everything around you will change; the world will keep on revolving even if you choose to stop, pause or sit quietly in one corner.
Life will not wait for you. Instead, 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 because 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 hadn’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, heart, and mind don’t become idle. And as you go along, you’ll get to discover a far bigger purpose than what you imagined it to be!