John Maxwell surveyed a group of senior citizens, and he found that one of their biggest regrets was that they didn’t take more risks. They didn’t attempt to do what they believed they were truly gifted to do. They didn’t follow their heart. They settled. They settled for less than their best. How tragic is that? How Shakespearean!
Doesn’t it make a bit more sense to go ahead and dare to live now? Wouldn’t that be a whole lot better than living with regret? Or walking around disillusioned?!
Get in your time machine and picture yourself on that proverbial rocking chair… What will that scene look like for you? Will you be saying, “I should have taken that risk!” Or “I regret not doing that.” Or “I know I could have excelled in that area…”?
Remember what St. Irenaeus said.
“The glory of God is a human being fully alive.”
When do you feel fully alive?
Or, maybe I should ask, when do you feel alive?
I think I know the answer…
When you’re being yourself.
When you’re in your element, in a setting where you’re comfortable, using your gifts, and being who you are at your best!
Do you want to be happy?
Break out of the rut and routine.
Spend more time in your element.
Join a social group.
And if can’t find one that interests you, start your own!
Step out of your comfort zone.
Strive to be your best.
The Bible tells us to:
“Fan into flame the gift of God that is in you. For God did not give you a spirit of fear; but a spirit of power, of love, and self-discipline.” – 2 Timothy 1:6,7
I believe it is every human being’s responsibility to find what that gift is and begin to use it!