I know I write a lot about fear, but I’m one-thousand percent convinced that if we change our perspective regarding fear, we then can tear down the wall and finally see what’s on the other side. It’s about taking a new look at an idea, an object, a person in a way that you’ve never done before.
A while ago, I had a little observation that I wrote about in my journal. It was just one of those things that I felt I needed to get on paper - evidently, this article would be the reason why. So let me tell you about a little jet plane that could(this is where my forewarned metaphor comes into the picture).
A Boring 737
You’ve got to love the jovial demeanor of Southwest Airlines’ employees – they've mastered the art of inducing smile and laughter, even at the earliest hours of the morning. And so I owe this pointed observation to you, dear Southwest flight attendant:
Truthfully, I’m not sure if it was the painfully early hour or because I hadn’t yet savored the warmth and comfort of my morning cup of Starbucks, but on this 6 am flight to Denver I was apparently more present than I gave myself credit for. As for the flight attended, she delivered her very delightful rendition of the safety features and procedures - she began by saying that she would be pointing out the safety features of this “Boring 737.” I had to jostle myself enough to consider – did she say boring or Boeing? Yes, it was definitely “boring.”
I chuckled and peeled my eyelids open just enough to see the horizon outside as we ascended to our cruising altitude. I think it was somewhere over the state of Mississippi that my brain popped on. Looking out and seeing that massive jet engine, I actually marveled at it – boring it most assuredly was not! It's a masterful combination of engineering and physics; this boring aircraft was keeping us safely in the air rather than plummeting to the ground – my VW certainly can’t do that.
Test driving life
Our life is very much like the Boring 737....if we allow it to be. Instead, we should marvel at our life, examine it for what it truly is – an opportunity to be great. Okay, I know that sounds all rah-rah but think about it this way – our lives were engineered to fly, otherwise what’s the purpose?
Get up, get ready for work, drive to work, work, drive home from work, sleep – lather, rinse, repeat. Sure, for some, that’s fine; they’re okay with it. For others, me included, I’d much rather take this life for a test drive and see what it can do.
Tales from the other side
Since taking the steps to actually launch The Moxie Project, rather than just the owner of the domain name, I have noticed quite a few things about the process:
1) It's always a struggle...you hit one set back, bump or just have an off day and you begin to question the legitimacy of your work.
2) Yet even with the fear struggle, you feel more courageous than ever before.
3) Things evolve...what you anticipated may not be exactly how it turns out - this is often for the better.
4) But as things evolve for the better, it's still hard to let go of the original thought, idea or plan. You have to work hard be flexible.
5) You feel at peace, sometimes so much so that you want to cry (and I'm not a fan of crying...which is why I've only watched The Notebook once).
Change is hard. It can put stress on relationships, make you question every decision you've ever made, but it can also open the door to a whole new world - you just have to decide whether it's worth the growing pains.