“If you can’t run with the big dogs, stay on the porch.”
I first heard this expression when I was a kid. An adult told me this, in an attempt to limit my reach; to keep me boxed in to a small, safe world. It was an attempt to discourage me from trying something new and taking reasonable risks. It felt like they were telling me, “Who do you think you are? You can’t do that!”
This expression has many meanings and some of them are good and helpful. In my case, however, it was meant to install boundaries and place limits on my vision of what I could accomplish.
Fortunately, I didn’t listen and today, I enjoy going places I’ve never gone, trying things I’ve never experienced and interacting with people with whom I have nothing in common.
Recently I was in Kansas City. I agreed to go to Sunday service with a friend. I didn’t ask what kind of church? I simply, said, “Yes.”
It turned out to be a mega church that has seven services per day. I think I might have been the only black person in that huge sanctuary.
Regardless, it was one of the most beautiful and moving sermons I had ever heard. The pastor shared his ideas about how we all could benefit from slowing down and finding ways to rest in this fast paced world. The pastor reminded us that rest is so important that it’s one of the 10 commandments: to keep the Sabbath day holy.
If I had “stayed on the porch”, instead of venturing out, I would’ve missed out on this truly reviving message.
Everyday is an opportunity to use our optimistic spirit, to think of renewed possibilities and to try something new.
This post is my reminder to you to get out of your comfort zone. To run with the big dogs and to not be afraid.
Create relationships and opportunities to help you evolve into the person you want to become.
Leap, jog, swim, jump or run with the big dogs.
Whatever it takes, get moving and make something happen!
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