What ifs

Living daringly is hard work.

I feel like the essence of living daringly can be whittled down to “living and speaking your truth.” That doesn’t sound so bad.

But what if others don’t particularly want to hear your truth? What if others don’t want to hear that you feel you are being treated unfairly, or just don’t care that you are? What if they don’t want to hear that a situation was handled in an unprofessional manner? What if they want to maintain status quo and don’t appreciate those who rock the boat.

What if instead of hearing you and your concerns they turn the situation around? What if they instead attack you for what may have been a misunderstanding, mistake, or misperception from something that occurred months before? What if you had to defend yourself from this attack?

And what if you were so busy defending yourself, you forgot about the initial problem altogether? What if after you regrouped, you realized that your perception of the situation was grounded in truth? What if you felt you were treated unfairly, and now doubly so? And what if the entire situation somehow still resulted in you being “wrong” and the other party being “right,” but only in their eyes?

 What if, after that difficult situation, you still had the courage to work towards making things better? What if both parties could sit at the same side of the table and work together to figure out the problem. What if instead of working against each other we were on the same team? What if, even though there have been many situations where no one was listening, you are still confident that you can play a part in changing the pattern? What if you still believed that you could be part of the solution instead of part of the problem.

Ghandi was paraphrased to say, “Be the change you wish to see in the world.”

I am living daringly, and I’m proud to say that I am trying.


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