“People who soar are those who refuse to sit back, sigh, and wish things would change. They neither complain of their lot nor passively dream of some distant ship coming in. Rather, they visualize in their minds that they are not quitters; they will not allow life’s circumstances to push them down and hold them under.” – Charles Swindoll
If we do not soar, we slog and we wade–through the mud, grime, and swamps of the world. And while it may be tempting to believe that down here in the mud is where we will find those who really need our help, the question must be asked: can I help more people by providing a role model of someone who soars through life, or by trying to pull them out of the mud that they have mostly chosen for themselves, especially if they are neither ready nor willing to leave the mud?
And we can find many excuses for not soaring through life in a state of joy and abundance. Maybe I am afraid of heights or I do not want to leave others behind. Maybe I do not know how to soar or feel I am needed right where I am. Sometimes we just accept that life is unfair and let our circumstances keep us down because we are afraid to go after the changes we would need to help us to soar.
When I look up into the sky and see a bird soaring gracefully with the wind currents, I think of how nice it would be to let the currents carry me effortlessly through the air. And I realize that it is not impossible for that to happen, as long as I am willing not just to face change, but to invite change, welcome it and allow it in, and then to take those actions that change demands. Soaring is not difficult for one who has learned to fly, but it is impossible for one who has elected to stay chained to the ground. Life cannot keep us down–it is we who choose to stay down.
Questions to consider:
When do you soar?
How might you be able to teach yourself to soar more often?
Why do so many people fear the idea of taking off from the ground, metaphorically speaking?
Can visualizing really give us the key to soaring in all we do?
For further thought:
“Time is a flowing river. Happy those who allow themselves to be carried, unresisting, with the current. They float through easy days. They live, unquestioning, in the moment.” – Christopher Morley