Animals are my
teachers. When I watch them doing their thing, I learn tons of lessons
that help me make my life into what I want it to be. Take dragon flies
Dragon flies are like humans. In their short lives they spend their
time doing two major things: flying and holding on.
Most of the time dragon flies are flying flapping their wings a
bazillion times a second as they zip from place to place.
Occasionally, I see them with their landing gear down holding on.
I do the same things, except that most of the time I am holding on,
and only occasionally I spread my wings and fly. Sometimes I even
forget that I have wings.
Every morning God drops a new day in my lap and gives me the opportunity
to fly. The trouble is that too much of the time I am holding on when I
should be flying. Even after sailing around the world on a yacht, even
after navigating through pirate infested waters, even after surviving
the savage seas, my inner voice tells me to hold on and do the safe
thing when it should be encouraging me to fly. I'm beginning to wonder
whether my inner voice has a problem.
Holding on has two major problems.
First, holding on keeps me where I am, stuck in a no growth zone. Life
is about growth and change, and if I'm not growing and changing, then
I'm wasting my life. I'm dying before my time and life is too short for
that. It's a big world out there with hundreds of countries to visit
and thousands of opportunities for adventure.
I'm going to tell you a secret.
The reason God gave me a new day is so
I could do something new with it. I'm not supposed to do the same
things today that I did yesterday. That would be going into rewind and
making my life into a rerun. What a waste! Every day is a new life.
Yesterday was my old life, and today is my new life. If I live right
today, I will make it into something entirely new. I will break new
ground and become a new person different from the one I was yesterday.
The second problem with holding on is that I usually hold on to the
wrong things; I hold on to stuff. Just look at my yacht. It's now
floating about twelve inches below its designed water line because of
all the stuff I have on board. And then there is all the stuff I have
in storage facilities waiting for the day that someone finally disposes
of it in an estate sale. I'm not the only one afflicted with this
curious addiction to stuff. Just drive down the streets of America, and
you will see people cramming their stuff into storage facilities
There's only one thing that I should hold on to, and that is love.
Stuff comes and goes, but love endures forever. I've owned a lot of
things in my life, and I've rediscovered that the best things in life
still are free. I'll tell you what I want: good health, a heart full of
love, and enough freedom chips to keep on trucking. If I have those
three things, I have everything I need to fly.
Thank you Mister Dragon Fly. Thanks for reminding me to let go and to
spread my wings and fly.