Squirming in Uncertainty

Through the doors of perception Down the corridors of uncertainty Into the room of self doubt Opens the window of opportunity.
– Unknown

Corridors of uncertainty” – I just discovered this quote, which ironically is a sports reference to that area near the goalkeeper where players have the “Are you gonna get this?” “I said I got this” “I thought you had it!” moments.

[After 20+ years in Texas, I'm pretty done with sports, but I won't begrudge them excellent imagery.]

See, I’ve been saying “yes” and “why not and tough shit, I’m doing it ” to things lately.

And that has led me down this corridor of uncertainty, where it’s dimly lit and there’s stuff in the corners you can’t tell if it’s alive, half-dead or just wrappers and old popsicle sticks and dustbunnies oh, not piranhas after all!.

And where mostly you don’t know how things are going to go.

And you might possibly have an audience, also wondering what the hell is this? how things are going to go.

It all flies in the face of my longstanding get-your-ducks-in-a-row philosophy. A philosophy I have found reliable and yet ultimately, after many years, boring as hell.

It has led me to post this graphic again, which I can’t seem to get enough of:

I’m feeling like I’m on the far, far, far right edge of that circle on someone else’s computer screen.

Even though I might tremble inside hearing bells and whistles warn me like I’m about to get impaled by a rhino, there’s a tiny voice whispering, these things will not kill you.

Humiliate me, embarrass me, make me hibernate in my room for a couple of decades, possibly.

On the flip side, I’m not bored!

And maybe that “window of opportunity” will eventually let in a fresh breeze. Although I find it currently painted shut and unavailable for my scared ass to squirm out of at the moment…

Let’s hope Zig was right —

Don’t be distracted by criticism. Remember – the only taste of success some people have is when they take a bite out of you. ~Zig Ziglar


Have you ventured outside your comfort zone lately?

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