“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 plod and we wade through the mud, the grime, and the swamps of the world. And while it may be tempting to believe that down there in the mud is where we will find those who really need our help, we have to ask ourselves: “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?”
There is also the fact that we must exhibit some base level of concern for our own well-being in life too. After all, if we are not healthy in mind, body, and spirit, we will have little energy or ability to positively affect the lives of those around us. By allowing ourselves to soar above the adversity in our lives, and at least making some effort to clean the mud off from time to time, we enable ourselves to live our lives more fully.
And perhaps many of us could find excuses for not soaring through life. We could let our fear of heights, or the excuse of leaving others behind, hold us back. We could let the difficulty we are faced with deter us, or passively accept our current situation out of apathy and indifference. We could even convince ourselves that we do not know how to soar or possess the ability to do so–convince ourselves that life is simply not fair, and let our circumstances hold us back.
Do not belittle yourself, hold yourself back, or quit. Change is possible, but you have to want it. You have to invite it into your life and embrace it fully, making all the necessary adjustments required to experience life like a bird soaring effortlessly with the wind–for soaring is not difficult for one who has learned to fly, but it is impossible for one who has chosen to stay confined to the ground.
Take a moment to visualize yourself soaring through the adversity in your life.
Questions to consider:
Why do we often fear the idea of taking flight, metaphorically speaking? In what ways do we typically ground ourselves?
How often do you soar in life? What does it take for you to choose to do so?
What are some ways you could you learn to soar more often?
For further thought:
“Happy people have two things in common. They know exactly what they want and they feel they are moving toward getting it. That is what makes life feel good: when it has direction, when you are heading straight for what you love.” ~ Barbara Sher