I hope your year has started off with a bang, mine certainly has. I just finished my manuscript for my next book on Christian spirituality, and I’m starting on a new one today. It’ll be on the necessity of shadows, chaos, and uncertainty.
At the beginning of the year, I always want to decide what I want to be, not so much what I want to do.
The question that I have been asking myself over the last two months is do I want to be safe, or do I want to be strong?
Safe seems to be the first choice, and the natural reaction us humans have to danger and uncertainty. Build the walls higher, insure everything, insure your insurance. There is a method to that, of course, but being safe is largely an illusion. We can never be truly safe. I can have the best job in the world, but I’ll always be just one crisis away from being retrenched, high walls can be scaled.
Being strong on the other hand is different, it is about preparing to handle the uncertainties. Training to handle chaos and whatever comes your way. We get strong when we are pressured when there is resistance and we push through. The more often we face resistance, challenges, the stronger we will get.
Do you want to be safe or strong? Those are two very different paths for 2019.
I’d prefer strong.
Get skin in the game.