In the supermarket yesterday I faced a quandary. It involved avocados. As Hamlet would have said - “To buy or not to buy?” The quandary is always the same… Avocados are unpredictable. How they look on the outside doesn’t always tell the story of what’s inside. At the moment they’re out of season here. They cost many times more this time of year. And yes, there’s a chance that they will be delicious.
Here’s what it’s not. You’re not being called to doubt yourself. Or to suffer paralysis by analysis. None of us are being called to be ordinary. And we’re not being called to play stalling games and get tangled in excuses. Although it’s easy to get blinded by the sheer overwhelming number of options screaming out at us… No. Our calling is a simple one. Your calling is clear as a crystal.
It’s funny how things seem to be accidental but then afterwards you kind of wonder. For instance the other day in my email I mentioned Joseph Conrad telling you to “Follow your bliss”. But as a few people pointed out, of course, it was actually Joseph Campbell. J.Conrad wrote “Heart of Darkness”. The inspiration for one of the all time movie classics “Apocalypse Now”. Anyway, what seemed an accidental mistake actually reminded me of an even more powerful message.
It was a sticky note someone had left on his car saying: “Have a good day and smile” Like a random message of kindness. Wonderful! And it got me thinking… If I was going to grab a sticky note and scribble something helpful and generous… What would it be? What would you write? You don’t get a lot of space. So even if you write small, you need to be snappy with your words.