Here’s the tale of a “What If” turned to “I Will”:
The setting: sitting on the couch with a friend reading blog posts. –yes, we are that awesome. slash, my friends love me even if some don’t always understand the “blogosphere” where I like to play.
The conversation: cue excited Katy (me) trying to convince said friend that the “what if” challenge posted by the Faith Barista is fabulous and we need to go get paper and pens right now. because things like this can’t wait.
The response: a very poorly received explanation/question of whether “what if” really is a disguise for regrets and negativity. to which I became defensive and sad because this, may I remind you, is a fabulous challenge that to me represents: dreaming, new chances, action, motivation.
The come together: further conversation and exchange of ideas and thoughts while notching down my own fierce loyalty defense to realizing that we really do agree, but simply use different terms. a little searching and throw in a mix of clarity and bam, we decide we like saying “I will” instead because then we steer clear of the backward, regret thinking toward the hopeful, action.
The list: I will get a church membership form and fill it out.
The action: that lovely friend from above reminds me at church on sunday and even helps gets me one. I then proceed to pour over each and every question. I retake the DISC test because I don’t remember if I am an S or a C or what I am! I’m an S. And while I’m at it, I take a spiritual gifts test because well why not. My “top” gifts include teaching, faith, intercession, and mercy. All of this to mean that I took a few days to fill out a one page front and back form.
The next step: Turn that form in at church!
The lessons learned: Communication is key. Take time to listen, not jump to offense, and sometimes it’s just a matter of phrasing. I don’t want to look back and play the “what if…” game, but I do want to move forward with action. Too often, I think it’s easy to let words stay as words…rather than action!
So, how about you? Anything you need to take some action? Got an “I will?”