Tuesday, March 16, 2010
WHAT IS YOUR ADVENTURE?
We all have our own interpretation of adventure - of what our adventure is. For some of us it is as simple as navigating traffic on our way to work, or meeting all of our obligations for a single day, or sadly for some just getting out of bed and putting both feet on the floor.
Adventure can be tame or the exploration of a lifetime. For some of us adventure may not be found in scaling mountains or in voyages to distant places, but in facing our own fears and searching for the path to a new way of living.
Helen Keller is remembered for her lack of vision certainly, but mainly for her keen observations in spite of it. "Life is either a daring adventure or nothing at all."
A friend came to me and was deeply concerned over his son spending the summer with a mission outreach group in Honduras. My friend was consumed by 'what ifs.' My instant response was, "That is wonderful!" He was silent for a few moments and then, almost disappointed, said, "You are the only one who has thought that." His son is 21, an adult. He only has this one glorious life, and he has chosen to have 'his' adventure. He could spend the summer in Europe or New Mexico or San Antonio, but he has opted for 'life'. He will face challenges, see and do things others would shy away from or only dream about. But for his entire life he will have had an adventure.
When I was 21, I spent two years in Seoul, Korea. It was my adventure. I loved it, and today treasure the memories. It forever changed the way I think and feel. It has made me appreciate the United States of America. It has made me appreciate many things others today take for granted. It has made me appreciate our military and what they fight for, ice cream cones, purple mountains majesty and freedom. It has made me understand poverty and hunger and life without this thing called freedom. This young man who is off to Honduras will also forever be changed. He will have a new perspective, he will grow, he will have had the experience. He too will find a compassion and empathy that nothing else can provide him. He will have had his adventure - an adventure where he is working for peace, for truth, and singleness of heart.
So I say to this young adventurer, 'Godspeed! Rejoice, be very happy, you are not an endangered species. There are others who want an adventure, but seldom have the courage. Have an adventure for them!"
So for you, act on a whim once in a while, set out on a journey whose rewards and results you can't anticipate. Take a step in a direction you are unsure of. You just might find life. Help to bring about change in this world, by being a candle for others. Rejoice and let go of being so protective and enter into this adventure called life.
What is your adventure? What is holding you back?
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