It was an early morning flight out of Atlanta. The sun was just peaking over the horizon and the pilot guiding the plane into the clouds towards our western destination. With light slowly fading behind us, we were heading into darkness. The plane was quiet – I think we were all still half asleep, and, at least for me, had yet to partake in the morning dose of wake-up-juice. I knew it wouldn’t be long before the flight attendant came around with the beverage cart, so I just expected to close my eyes until the coffee and cookies arrived. I think that’s what surprised me the most about my epiphany – wasn’t it a little early for such a profound and enlightening thought?
As the airplane ascended into the air, I looked out the window and saw nothing but darkness ahead, it was as if the greater context of my life was being painted right before my eyes. Here I sat on this Boeing 737, seat 13F, on the precipice of a new venture in life - after nearly six years of some soulful R&D I was ready to launch my new business. I had no clue where this new path would lead, or what bumps may lie ahead, but was absolutely sure I wanted to find out. Sometimes the scariest thing for us to do is to venture into the darkness, armed with nothing but intuition and blind faith.
And sometimes, we have the clearest mind before it gets cluttered with the “business” of daily life. So take just a moment, before you start your day, to sit with the darkness in front of you. and imagine the final destination. You may not know how you’ll get there, but just trust your own internal pilot to chart the course.
Leaving the light behind is scary. Status quo is “comfortable”. But I’m quite confident that when I’m 80 years old I won’t be saying “I’m sure glad I played it safe” - will you?