OK. Imagine that you have a promise that you will be successful in life...the only thing you have to do is and here's the catch...make a choice! That's right the only catch is that you have to choose. And not even that, it's not just one thing, it's pretty much whatever you do you are guaranteed to be successful at. So it's a nice little scenario right. Yeah, I met someone with this guarantee, seriously. I am not at liberty to divulge any details, although I will say it's definitely not at all anything from "the dark side." I have actually known this person for well over a decade. I just never knew about their little golden ticket until the other day. My first reaction, complete and total elation for them. Ok that's good right. My second reaction. Green with ENVY! I want a life like that. And then I thought do I know what I would if I was guaranteed success in no uncertain terms. Would I knit cupcakes and run a bakery of only knitted treats? Would be great for dieters and goats alike! Would I try to do something that is guaranteed large returns? Ooh, I could live on an island and make all my own everything! And order supplies online. What would fund this lifestyle you may ask... The stock market of course. I would be very successful at investing in stocks. I would also be very well read in this scenario and I would speak many languages because of my many travels with my private jet that I fly myself. So seriously, If I had this promise would I be riddled with indecision, frozen with the vastness of life choices? Turns out...I know EXACTLY what I would do. So why haven't I been doing what apparently I have always known back there in my subconscious would bring me true joy? FEAR, fear of failure. Weird that someone else's "golden ticket" would give me such clarity of thought.
Before this happened I had been thinking a lot about this quote and wanting to find it and read it again. I stumbled upon it on someone else's blog. Coincidence? I think not.
"Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate, our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, 'Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented and fabulous?' Actually, who are you not to be?" –Nelson Mandela
So we don't all lead charmed lives but what about this quote. There is still hope for the rest of us. Flawed though we may be. Success may not always come but I don't know, I feel grateful for the journey, even when it's a trial. And here's why... I have found that my most difficult life moments have given me more personal depth and a greater capacity for compassion than any type of personal growth I have been able to muster up otherwise. I would love to hear your thoughts on this!
Today I'm thankful for your comments!! It has made blogging so much more fun! Thanks guys. I would really love to hear what it is you would do if you were GUARANTEED success!