At this week’s meeting, one of the speakers gave each of us a large balloon and stated that our lives resemble a balloon. His analogy struck me as useful so I thought I would share pieces of his talk, mixed with my own reflections.
Holding the deflated balloon limply in his hands, he stated that some people live a below average, flabby, unproductive existence, putting little effort into improving their knowledge, skills or situation.
("Read More" to see what a little air can do)
Adding a little air to our balloons, this slightly inflated state resembled people who invest minimally in their personal development, growth or in reaching their potential. They may only be willing to do what seems safe, necessary or what is approved of by others.
A little more air in the balloon brings us to an average existence, doing what is expected, making the family happy, but not really pursuing our dreams, personal development or maximum potential. Did God create us to be average?
“Blowing up” our lives involves giving our all, filling the balloon with energy, passion, self-development, positive people who will support our efforts and mentor us.
Living a full, engaged life may stretch us at times and we may find it uncomfortable. We may even feel as though we will pop in our efforts to create balance. We are no longer playing it safe. We are all in!
What kind of a life are you living? What is one step you will take today to “add air to your balloon”? Take a first step by sharing your thoughts in the comments below.