[Micro Motivation #13 – “Out on the water!” Many of you might be aware that I …]
Speaker: Adam DeGraide
Hey, everyone, it’s Adam DeGraide here with another Micro Motivation. Over there is San Diego. See that ship out there on the harbor? Where I am actually standing is right here in Coronado, which is a beautiful island right across the way, right across the bridge, it’s amazing. And when I saw that ship the other day, it reminded me of a quote from John Shed, although some people attribute it to Albert Einstein. The quote goes like this: “A ship is safe in the harbor, but ships were not built to stay in the harbor.”
And it got me thinking about my own life and all of our lives because our lives were meant to be lived out on the water. Out on the water is a metaphor for the place of uncertainty, where there’s adventure, there’s passion, there’s a zest for living. There’s something bigger than us that’s a little bit scary that gets us out of our un-comfort zone and gets us out on the water. Your life was meant to be lived there as well, too.
What’s so important to understand is it reminded me of a scripture where Jesus literally says, the Bible says that he was out on the water, the disciples saw them. They saw this guy walking on the water, and they were scared. They thought it was a ghost. They didn’t know what they were actually seeing.
And all of a sudden, Peter said, “Jesus, is that you? If that’s you, tell me to come.” Jesus said, “Come, Peter.” And Peter had just the wherewithal to get out of the boat. He started to walk on the water toward Jesus and then all of a sudden, the wind started to blow, the waves started to rise, and the Bible says that Peter became afraid and he started to sink. Jesus grabs him, saves him, brings him out onto the boat with the other disciples and they all exclaim to Jesus, “Surely, Jesus, you are the Son of God.”
And what’s amazing is it reminded me of something that I heard years ago from somebody when they were talking about dreams and passions that we have in our own lives. Everyone of us has been given a vision, I believe by God. And if you don’t have a vision, ask God for it, he’s going to give it to you. Of where we’re supposed to go, a direction in which we’re supposed to walk and you clearly see that dream, that vision. And as you start to walk out there, you start to walk towards it, the storm clouds come, and the sun gets darkened and you can’t see where you’re going. And this guy made the most profound statement. He said, “That’s going to happen to every single one of us, but the most important thing to do is to keep on walking in the exact direction that you saw your dream.”
And that makes all the difference in the world because you see, our lives, your life, was meant to be lived out on the water. What is something that’s holding you back and keeping you in your harbor or in your boat? What are you going to do to get out and walk towards that place you know you’re supposed to go to?
And it was amazing, when I came up with this concept, this is actually something that I read the other day that I posted on my timeline seven years ago to the day. It says, “20 years from now, you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did. So, throw off the bow lines, sail away from the safe harbor, catch the trade wind in your sails, explore, dream, and discover.” It’s exactly what Mark Twain said many, many years ago.
And so, we have to go out, we have to dream, we have to explore. This has been Adam DeGraide, another Micro Motivation. Remember, if you can’t make your point in under four minutes, you might not have a point to make. Make sure you like the page, share it, tweet the video, and listen to the dog. Everyone have a great day. Thanks for watching.