The other day I took my kids swimming at our neighbor's pool. I got all three kids suited up, applied the sunscreen, put on their swimmies and off they went, into the pool with the neighbors kids, swimming, laughing, playing, and having a grand old time.
I walked over to the side of the pool, pulled up a chair in the shade and sat there for a moment watching them have a blast. And then I started to wonder why I was sitting on the side?
"How come I'm not swimming?" I asked myself. It's a crazy hot summer day and the pool looks so darn refreshing. "Why am I sitting here on the side?"
Once I realized I had no good reason, I immediately got up and jumped in. I ended up feeling glad I did.
Had I remained at the side of the pool watching the kids, I may have had an okay time. I may have found it somewhat relaxing and enjoyable to have a bit of down time, but I also would have missed out on a moment of big fun.
We hold onto our easy reasons, "I'm relaxing. I just don't feel like it. I don't want to get my hair wet. I want to read something on my phone."
But maybe our easy, default excuses are the reason why our life is feeling so hard and not very fun.
Life isn't much fun when you sit on the side. Meaningful moments aren't created like that. If you're looking for real change, if you're serious about enhancing the quality of any aspect of your life, you have to be willing to get our of your chair and put your whole self in.
You have to be willing to jump and get wet and let yourself fun.
We want big things. We want financial freedom. We want to run a business we love. We want great moments with our kids. We want to feel more alive and in love. But these great things don't happen to us, they are created by us every single time we have the courage to get up from our chair, get outside our comfort zone and decide to feel worthy of putting our whole self in.
All the little moments in which we block ourselves from enjoyment, turn into the really big reasons why we end up disappointed and unfulfilled.
You are a much more attractive, compelling force (in every single way) when you're operating from a place of having fun and enjoying yourself.
We don't hold ourselves back for the simply reasons we want to believe. We hold ourselves back because deep down, in a place we might not always be aware of or fully understand, we haven't yet given ourselves permission to feel deserving of what we really really want.
You have to get in the arena and dare greatly in order to earn the right to greatness.
love and light,
As always, if you've got questions or want some additional support, please don't hesitate to ask. This is why I'm here.