The Other Side of Security
When I travel, I generally rush through security so I can be settled in my seat at my departure gate. This is a great practice when my scheduled flight time is near, but it’s often torturous when my departure is hours away.
On a recent flight out of Louisville, I arrived at the airport with several hours to spare. Instead of my usually routine, I decided to stop and explore a restaurant that I’d been curious about for years but had never tried because it was located ahead of the security check point.
My travel anxieties melted and disappeared into the plush upholstery of the cozy booth where I was seated. Unlike sitting in the uninviting chairs in the gate area, I was truly able to relax. Being careful all of these years had made me miss out on their exquisite locally inspired cuisine and stellar customer service. I even had time to take a call with my accountability partner and talk freely without a bunch of people within earshot, which would have been the case if I’d hurried to my boarding area.
Taking that chance didn’t affect my ability to board my fight on time. It taught me that I don’t always have to control every situation, because that need for what I think is security actually leads to more stress and discomfort.
The pursuit of perfection, and our attempts to avoid getting hurt, disappointed or upset lead us to put protections in place that make us miss out on much of the beauty that life has to offer. Being safe and secure is certainly necessary in some areas of our life, but too much of it can make for an unsavory experience.
No one who ever achieved anything great got there by playing it safe.
Let’s look at your life. Where have you put up figurative security bars, rails, or doors? Could it be possible that these defense mechanisms are also keeping the joy out of your life?
This week I challenge you to identify an area where you have been playing it too safe and cut the caution tape that has mummified your soul. Experience and enjoy the benefits that are available to you on the other side of security.
I am worthy of joy.
I am living my best life.
I give myself space to experience and enjoy life
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Monica Marie Jones Your Soul Journey Guide www.MonicaMarieJones.com