Sunday, June 18, 2017

The Sin of Wanting

Never give up on what you really want to do. The person with big dreams is more powerful than the one with all the facts.
- H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

Being defeated is often a temporary condition. Giving up is what makes it permanent. 
 - Marilyn vos Savant

I don't believe in sin, original or otherwise, and to everyone who says "You can't be Christian without believing in sin," one, that's just not true, and two, whoever said I call myself a Christian. But that's beside the point.

Having dreams is a great thing. Dreaming is what really gets you places. If you don't dream, if you don't try to reach for something you don't have (that's all "wanting" really is), you're going to get left behind, sitting in your own muck, while the world whizzes by.

I recognize the difficulty in achieving that while you try to balance reality in your life. Not everybody can jump off the cliff without triple-checking your harness. It's definitely possible to reach for the stars while still making sure you have somewhere to stand if you fall short. It's not easy, but it's possible.

What I have a problem with is people who get the opportunity to jump (metaphorically) and don't take it. I know that's something I struggle with, but I'm not just letting it be; I'm challenging that part of myself.

If someone gives you a chance to do something you want to do, whether it's a fleeting dream or a life-long goal, and you don't take them up on it, that's not okay. If you do it time and time again, you've got a real problem, and just just because of all those passed opportunities. You've also got a problem because the people who give you these opportunities will stop, they'll let you be in your muck; they invested their time and/or money to get you that opportunity, and if you don't want it...

If you don't really want it, why did you even ask?