Cable Ski World Adventure
Many years ago as a child our family went to Cable Ski World on the Gold Coast. There they had a bunjy jumping tower. There was a very long ladder going up and a very small platform on the top. As a child I remember thinking what a horrible idea it would be to have to jump of that, even with a bunjy cord band attached to my legs. As an adult my views on the matter are still the same. Well, as we watched, one young brave man decided he wanted to have an attempt at jumping. He climbed up the huge big ladder and got to the top and looked down. He obviously changed his mind about things up there (the ground must have looked a long way away) because no amount of persuading could convince him to actually go through with it. In the end he climbed down and didn’t do the jump.
What might have helped him jump? A good push perhaps!! Now that would be a good way to encourage someone wouldn’t it?
Sometimes in life there are things we should do but we don’t because we are either scared of them, or we don’t understand them or they don’t make sense to us. Often times we only get the understanding from experiences good and bad. As a chaplain I try to encourage students to take some of these bold brave steps (I’m not referring to bunjy jumping here) and have a go. The individual who says to himself or herself that “I can’t do that,” has already limited themselves by their own thinking. Whereas if they have a go, they will most likely succeed or will at least learn something in the process. So whatever you are doing and whatever goals you have or would like to have, don’t let your thinking be what stops you.