I don’t like to play the “What If?” game when it comes to things in the past. If I’m doing that, it means I’m battling regret and unforgiveness. However, when it comes to the future…I play “What If?” quite a bit. You and I could make a thousand different decisions this week. What if one of them turned out to be the beginning of something new and amazing?
Here is a recent photo of Moxie. She’s over 40lbs now, yet she still tries to curl up in to my lap. When she was a baby puppy we’d do this a lot. Now that she’s bigger, I’ve been sitting in a chair at a desk…and she hates that. She’d rather I sit on the floor so she can be in my lap. In fact, sometimes sitting on the floor with my laptop on a coffee table is the only way I get anything done. The problem is she doesn’t really fit in my lap anymore. So after a few uncomfortable minutes of her trying to make it work, she gets up and goes elsewhere to lay down.
I’m like my dog. Or she’s like me? As life changes and I grow, some things I like to do must change also. I can be slow to accept that. I suffer from the delusion that I can still do all the things! The old ones AND the new ones. So I try to keep fitting a square peg into a round hole. Truth is I’m like my giant puppy, growing out of my comfort zone and refusing to acknowledge it.
So this is why I play the “What If?” game about future things. What if I let go of this thing so that I may have THAT thing? That could be cool, right? It helps me see how letting go of something I like in exchange for something else might be beneficial.
Right now I have two big What Ifs:
- What if I killed runninghutch.com so I could focus on RTY & faith and fitness?
- What if we cut loose and moved to Oregon where we could own a house and land?
If I look into the future…the “Where do you want to be 5 years from now?” question, I automatically think of the possibilities that come from these two big What Ifs. What if I made room for the things I want most to happen? What would I need to change in order to do that?
What are some of the future “What If?” questions that you have right now?