“I wonder what it will take for you to stop tolerating just existing and really start living.” -Pastor Erwin McManus
I heard that quote, from one of my favorite writers and speakers, on his podcast. McManus pastors Mosaic church in Los Angeles. The quote was from the second week of lock down. It gave me chills when I heard it.
So, what will it take?
I’m guilty of settling for just existing. In that case, the symptoms match the sickness. Settle for your surroundings and that is what you will get. Name a part of life and, most likely, you’ve allowed it to happen.
We tolerate for the sake of comfort and convenience.
We tolerate for the sake of others.
We tolerate for the sake of a pandemic.
It is time to get excited again, to look forward and step forward, to imagine and grasp what could be. It is time to find your Why.
Two Qualities of a Genuine Why
1-Your Why will be Painful.
I have a hard time letting myself get excited. Cynicism can be found in so many of us as we go through life and get burned. Wounds take the form of doubt. We chastise ourselves for getting excited, for looking forward to something. We beat back our happiness for the trade to realism when, if we were being honest, it is just as much of a front to be miserable all the time.
Authenticity is finding meaning in your waking moments and finding the courage to chase it down.
2-Your Why will Carry You
Momentum is a daily thing. Every step counts no matter how small. Your cause must be greater than your current situation and deeper than your current discontent.
In the quiet moments, you’ll find your thoughts drifting back to your Why. Your dreams will make their way into your waking.
Your Why will make daily life tolerable on the journey towards it.
Take a moment in the hours left today and think about the future, think about purpose, push away the doubts and see what emerges. Silence the critics, clear your head, and get in touch with the child that started your dreams. It may be the first time you’ve done this in decades, but I promise you the voice is still there and waiting to respond.
Reach deep to that essence inside and you’ll find your cure waiting to be unleashed.