To deny the chasms in our lives is the first step in sabotaging our own growth and the growth of those we influence.
There is a chasm that we as leaders (aka people that have influence of over others and over things) must face. This chasm is the one that exists between what we are and who we want to be. In other words, the chasm between what we declare we believe and what is actually displayed in our actions.
This chasm is not to be taken lightly or ignored. It should cause us to do some soul searching when we look at it. As I wrote in a previous blog, Fall is a time of year where I do a bit of (re)ordering. Part of this (re)ordering that I do has to do with staring into this chasm.
To see the chasm, or the gap, the void, the distance between the “I desire” and the “where I am currently” can be overwhelming.
Do not be deceived, though: we all have chasms in our life. The question is not if the chasm exists, but the question is, “Are you aware of it’s depth and width?”
Please hear me: this is not about doom and gloom, and woe is me. This is all about knowing where you need to grow and what you need to work on. It is about saying, “I need help to move from where I am to where I want to be.”
The chasm should inspire us to push ahead, not shrink back in fear.
Admittely, I hate heights, and the thought of coming to edge of a chasm does not make me smile.
But to move forward into our callings and our vocations, we must search out the clarity the chasm offers and find ways to cross it with the help of others.
Take heart. You are not alone in this journey. We all have chasms to cross. Many have crossed them before us and those coming after us, depend on us learning how to cross the chasms of our lives, together with the help others.