Saturday, October 6, 2012
Running the Risk
Good advice is to assess a risky situation for all the possible outcomes and then decide if the reward is worth the risk. Similar to the art of making a good decision.
As in most things, it is easy to assess risk for everyone else. Urging others to move outside their comfort zone is easier said than moving outside our own.
The older I get the smaller and more compact my comfort zones become, accompanied by minimal desire to move outside of them. Technology has a small area of comfort for me. I embrace computers, cell phones and digital cameras . . . the first ones I bought and learned to use. I DON'T WANT TO UPGRADE! There is little patience to learn the differences from one generation to the next.
On the other hand who wants to be the old lady who gets stuck in the past century, so I grumble through learning the next level of technology.
L. attends school. Here my comfort zone of travel was pinched.
Time has a distinct zone; I arrive 'on-time'. It is usual to drive to a destination the day before to assure myself of the location and best directions. It is also usual to arrive fifteen minutes early and wait in the parking lot. When flying, arrival is a full hour pre-flight affording plenty of time to check-in and pass security.
This should provide a clear picture of how nervous I was to land in Austin, hail a Taxi into downtown, meet up with L. between classes, have the Taxi return for me with enough time (should there be any traffic problems) to recheck, pass security and make my flight.
I thought through all the possibilities; Googled the directions and distance from airport to dormitory, priced a cab ride and checked for additional flights should I miss mine. If all the conditions were met we could swing an hour and a half visit. As nervous as it made me the reward of seeing L. for just 1 1/2 hours was worth the risk of missing my flight.
When my comfort zone is breached I remember a pivotal point made in the Bible study, Experiencing God, by Henry T. Blackaby and Claude V. King.
Often God calls us to take a risk outside our comfort zone in order to do the tasks he requires of us. Those who are called make the adjustments and realize the great reward. "You cannot stay where you are and go with God."
I encourage you to use the small steps outside your comfort zone as practice for those larger steps that are sure to come.