Boy, do I ever hate it when other people decide what I can or cannot do or try to force me into a mold of their own design! How DARE they? Who do they think they are, anyway?
Seriously, if you want to get me mad, just tell me I “can’t” but then get out of my way and fast!
On, the other hand, I’ve “done it” to myself lots of times. It’s true. Play it safe. Sure seemed like a good thing many times. Know what? We have two choices in life. We grow or we die. Just like a house plant, yet we are far more than a house plant. So why do we set unrealistic limits on ourselves. Why do we resist risk? Why do we then whine when our life isn’t what we wanted or expected?
We were made to soar! We are free! Aren’t we? Okay, so here’s a great example. You may laugh. I was out having dinner with my friend Jeff. He was having mussels. He loves them. He offered to share, asking me if I liked mussels. I hesitated just seconds too long before gracefully declining. He was onto me. He said “have you ever tried them?” I replied that I didn’t care for them. He repeated the question and I had to (or chose to) admit that no, I’d never tried them. Ah, Jeff who knows he was created to soar. He tried to set me straight on the concept of “how can you know you don’t like them if you’ve never tried them?” Well, being “logical” or “foolish” I listed the reasons such as the way they look, smell, the texture . . . on a few occasions after that when he and I dined together, he offered me a taste of his mussels. I continued to decline.
It was probably two years later when I found myself out with a couple of friends who were much less likely to take chances then I was (believe me, it’s true) that I tried mussels. My friends were impressed as I gingerly picked up a mussel and placed it in my mouth trying not to betray my uneasy feeling about this. I loved them! Jeff was right. They are SOOOO GOOD!
I think about that as I consider all the crazy things that have happened in my life in the last few years. Many of them have ended up being huge blessings and the ones which haven’t been obvious blessings led to personal growth and thus, cannot really be denied as good experiences, I suppose, can they?
So, as I face new challenges in my life in the coming new year, I shall again taste things I’ve never tasted and shall know if they appeal to me or not by having tried. To all of you reading this, I challenge you. Taste the mussels! They are sooooooo good!