Limiting doesn’t even cover it. How many other flimsy, diminishing inanities have you stored somewhere in the recesses of your reasoning that you know are really just designed to smother genuine emotion and to fetter your more natural, instinctive responses? Up there with “swings and roundabouts” and “sticks and stones may break my bones….” it flies.
I always get the feeling that these trite little phrases are a consolation prize in the game of life, that when something or someone hurts you, you can seek refuge in them. They provide just enough shelter to allow you to kid yourself into believing yourself defended. But actually, are you?
I passionately believe that it’s not always better to play safe - and that names do hurt me. Because if I understand these truths then I am capable of being effective and taking the necessary steps to be successful. I wasn’t born to always play it safe; neither were you. We were born to sometimes take a risk. Every time a baby takes their first step they take a risk; there’s no guarantee they won’t fall down, in fact it’s guaranteed they will fall, they will get hurt, they will experience some knocks along that first little teetering path to success.
Now I'm not advocating recklessness, I'm not saying you don't need to think a few things through, protect yourself as much as you can. What I am saying is that if I did slide into the welcoming arms of these tired little expressions and concepts that would be where the danger lies; that would be the place of bland nooks in which I could sit and watch the world go by without ever having to make the effort to do something about anything.
So, I challenge you to get out there. Put yourself on the road to achieving the goals and ambitions you have. Don’t be afraid of trying; welcome the excitement that the unknown brings, get busy. So what if you fall down every now and again? So what if you make a few mistakes?
As Sir Winston Churchill said: Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.”