Did you ever play with dominoes as a child? Would you line them up carefully, creating delicate designs diligently, envisioning the chain reaction to be set in motion once you were done? Although you may have not, it was a pleasurable pastime of mine. My childish hands would cautiously place down a simple line, ten dominoes standing proudly in a row, and I’d be pleased that I had managed to avoid accidentally knocking it over before I had planned. It was better than a shiny new toy, I had the opportunity to create shapes and knock them over as I saw fit – and occasionally I’d throw a fit when I’d miscalculated and they failed to fall as I had anticipated.
|The view from above.|
That’s the safe route, and what we tend to do every day. We stick to tried-and-true courses, we don’t veer from the beaten path because as we grow used to our habits and miss out on countless opportunities because we refuse to see the options spread before us. We back ourselves into corners and tell ourselves that our choices are merely between the lesser of two evils, or that we’re caught between a rock and a hard place and now just isn’t the right time for risk-taking.
The truth is there’s never a “right time” to make a choice that’ll lead our lives in a new direction. The misconception that we have is that we missed out on a right time in the past, and this precludes us from being able to make any change now. This is a lie we tell ourselves to buy us time to make excuses and prevent us from acting, but all we’re really doing is stalling in fear. Once we realize this, we can stop searching for signs or whatever it is we’re waiting for because we’ll see that the power to take action was ours all along, and as long as we have life we can continue to make the choice to act.