Do you remember ever playing in a sandbox?
My brothers and I had one when we were little – I was reminded of that, along with a ton of other memories from my childhood when I drove by my childhood home during my recent family vacation to Canada – and we would spend hours playing in there. Together we’d build stuff, move sand, create villages and often complain about not having enough room.
The sandbox was always an area where we could let our imagination take over. When I was a kid, the sandbox represented a world of possibility. Everything was possible inside the four corner of that sandbox. I’m sure the same was true for you.
How things have changed….
A few months ago, while having a caffeinated conversation with my pastor, he said something to me that resonated in a way I find hard to explain. He noted, after a long conversation about I don’t quite remember, that being inside the “sandbox” was like being out in the wild for me. For most people, the comfort of know the boundaries they have is extremely important and provides them the security they need to do what they need to do.
“That’s not the way it works with you Marc,” he said with a smile on his face. He went on to suggest that for me, the wilderness is being stuck in that proverbial sandbox; that I am at my best when I live on the edge of the sandbox or completely out of it.
My wilderness is the sandbox! It does seem a little crazy but for the past several months that comment, “your wilderness is the sandbox” has started to make a lot of sense. It sure explains the sense of restlessness I feel when things are too comfortable or structured. It sure explains this ongoing desire I have to explore new things and new ideas.
We all have our own wilderness. Knowing where it is – in or out of the sandbox – could be the key to your success.
I’ve decided to accept this newly found wisdom and play to that strength. When all is said and done, I know that when you play to your strength good things will happen!
Question: Where’s your wilderness? I’d love to hear about it.
Be well and make it great day!