My good friend, Craig Lilly, tagged me in the comments of a Lumineers music video this morning. After watching it, I couldn't help but reshare.
A simple music video, but a sweet reminder of our choices in life. For some of us, the adventure is in staying; for some of us, the adventure is in going. But always, there is a moment where we are given a choice between the unknown and the predictable.
The unknown, filled with uncertainty, risk and potential failure seems to be the less appropriate choice. However, what if the greatest misfortune is not in what you might lose from the unknown, but instead, in what you will miss by holding tight to the predictable. As Thomas Jefferson, so flawlessly phrased it, "With great risk, comes great reward." Be reminded, that in ever instance, you have the option to choose joy. To set your heart free. And, to chase the unknown.
Who know what adventure lies waiting for you in the unpredictable.
Oh, and a big Cheers! to living simple and loving deep.
Last June, I packed two suitcases, put my truck on a boat, and got on a plane to Puerto Rico to start a new job. I landed in San Juan knowing four people. Since then, I have been working to make this place my home, to jump at any opportunity of meeting people, exploring, or being outside.
“24” – the temperature gauge on the rearview mirror stated the obvious – it was frigid out. We pulled the Tahoe into a hotel parking lot just after one in the morning and scrambled around the luggage. Between snowboards, firewood and camping gear, sleeping space was slim. A snowplow circled the lot, spreading salt in preparation for the incoming snowstorm. We inflated our mats, covered the windows, and climbed into our sleeping bags. Our mats, with not enough room, laid one, half way on top of the other - Joel’s, partially on the wheel well. My freezing cold face relentlessly reminded me of how this was rather unfavorable sleeping conditions for someone fighting a cold, like myself. I nudged Joel, “Uhm, honey, this probably wasn’t our best idea.”
In the dog days of summer Joel and I took on a DIY project for the record.