Why Are You Stopping Just Before The Top?
There's one great pet peeve that I have (out of the many). That is slow talkers and slow walkers. I can't manage to control the nerve within my body that just irks when someone is in front of me and they decide to walk slow. I know, you're probably wondering why don't you just walk around them, Saphia? Avoid the dramatics, right?
Well, maybe you're familiar with the New York etiquette when it comes to steps and escalators. I'd like to say that this may go beyond the walls of New York, but let's just talk about this big apple that I live in--full of confused people, tourists, and Zig-Zaggers.
Quick history lesson: When you're walking up or down the stairs/escalator, there is an unspoken rule to stay on one side, your own lane. The escalator for example. New York is a busy city, so there are those who rush with the traffic and those who stand still and wait to get to their destination with time. [Hold onto that gem] If you're going to stand still and wait your turn, you stay on the right side. If you're in a rush, might have to catch the ferry or a train, or maybe you're just late for work, you walk up the escalator (yes, we do that) on the left side.
So where am I going with all of this aside from giving you non-New York folks a quick lesson?
Well, as I was making my way towards the escalator, I noticed the time and realized that if I don't move my feet a little faster, I'd have to wait 15 minutes for the next boat. Which, in my case was not an option. So, I decided to go to the "fast lane." I will walk up the escalator and make it there faster than I would walk up the steps.
As I am walking, the person in front of me decided to stop in his tracks and take the rest of the escalator up as a joy ride. Immediately I sighed. I wanted him to move over to the right side, where the stand-stills belonged, but instead, I just had to wait and join the traffic jam.
I fully believe New Yorkers don't mean to be mean, we just have so much on our mind and the commute adds triple to those thoughts.
Here is when I understood that this moment was what I had to experience in order to hear God. Naturally, it would be the "just wait" response. Sometimes it's good to just be still and wait on God. As I said before, there are those who rush with the traffic, or in this case, I was rushing to get to my destination and wanted nothing or no one to stand in my way.
However, yes, we do need to be still sometimes and wait on the works of God.
Then, I'm remembering a line that I read in a book, or maybe my devotional. It basically said all great accomplishments require four things.
That being: A Dream. Action. Patience and Miracles.
I like to take my life experiences that seem very simple and basic and allow it to provide insight into the deeper level of my purpose and make it more relatable. Right?
So yes, this was just an escalator experience, but for me, it meant more. I learned two lessons from this.
1. Be still. At times, we can become so involved and submerge ourselves into the fast-paced lifestyle, that we don't take that moment to just relax our mind. Whether it's an action like the escalator, or something so common like social media and the comparison of your own life to people who show only a portion, or image, of their own.
My second lesson, which is my lead question, is why are you stopping just before the top? This man ahead of me was almost at the peak, leading closer to our destination. However, he stopped. There was no one in front of him that stopped, but something within him said "pause."
Again, I like to dig digger and reflect on my own life as a whole. Recently, I finally came to the realization of why I don't "succeed" in areas as I'd like to. Whether it's an idea that never played a role or simply stopping in the middle of the progress. I learned that I do not know how to execute myself and my ideas to surpass the idea stage or the journey.
So this experience led me to think. Why does Saphia stop just before the top? Or, I can ask you the same question.
What happens within you that leads you to believe that you need to stop doing what you were once passionate about? What causes you to doubt and think that there is no reason to continue trying something that seems to be failing or just not succeeding as you'd wish.
Why are you stopping just before the top? I want to encourage you, and myself, to lead with no stops. No matter if you're unsure of the end result, keep going. Tossing the wheels off the car as you're on a road trip 500 miles away from your destination will not going to get you there faster. In fact, it will not help to get you there at all. You will remain stuck. Stagnant. Complacent.
So I ask you again. Why are you stopping just before the top?
When I think of a situation like this, I remember this photo.
Right before you decide to stop, remember the steps that it took to get you there. Remember how many people might be behind you, hoping for you to pave the way. Remember that you are special and qualified.
You are capable.