Why are you settling for the Mud?

We can’t be afraid of change. You may feel very secure in the pond that you are in, but if you never venture out of it, you will never know that there is such a thing as an ocean, a sea. Holding onto something that is good for you now, may be the very reason why you don’t have something better.
— C. JoyBell c.

Can we be honest for a minute?  How many of us are sitting maybe not comfortable, but in routine?  

I think one of the hardest things about change is not knowing that you need it.  We get stuck in our space, in our life, in our relationships, in our routine and we go through the motions and we keep the blinders up.  We refuse to see outside of our comfort zone......

But what if we did??  

My husband shares a story.  

He is a concrete man.  He was working on a project in The Narrows in Lehi, Utah.  They were working on the Jordan River Front Runner Bridge and they were needing to dig out the well just on the other side of a damn.  In order to do that they were asked to free the fish from the muddy, sloppy well and toss them to the river.  

These fish were breathing.  That was enough.  They knew they were alive and so they didn't care to know that they were swimming in filth and mud.  

As my husband tried to put them in buckets they fought like crazy to get back to what they knew...to what was routine, comfortable.  

When they were thrown to the river, the clean fresh water they panicked.  They flopped and jumped and it took them some time to realize that they could breathe in this new environment...AND THEN THE JOY and the freedom they felt. 

They were truly alive for the first time in so long.  And for once they realized how much they needed this season of change.  

How many of us have been sitting in the filth and mud, breathing but not realizing what awaits us outside of that well?

How many of us are kicking and screaming, fighting the thought of being removed, afraid we wont be able to breathe?  

I know there have been so many times in my life as I settle into routine that I felt that things weren't as good as they could be, and I knew I wanted more but I wasn't willing to step out.  I had a million excuses and I continued to grind it out.  I had convinced myself that what I was doing, how I was living was enough!  

GUESS WHAT?!  When I stopped fighting, and I realized I could breathe out of the mud, I don't know HOW I lived there for SO long.  

Just because things aren't bad doesn't mean that they can't be better....amazing in fact!

They say life begins just at the end of your comfort zone...I truly believe that. I am telling you, get out of what you know and jump into the unknown. It is where the magic is happening!
— Ashley Mitchell

When my husband and I were living in Nashville, TN we were in the mud.  My husband had been living the same life for so many years.  He and I were both a victim of our own changeless cycle. We knew how much we struggled, we knew that it sucked but we never did anything about it, we never changed, we never looked beyond what we had done for so many years...it wasn't really working but it wasn't really failing either so there we stayed.  Breathing.  Just barely.  

When an opportunity came for change something inside me lit up.  A fire was building.  It had been years since I had felt that warmth, that excitement, that drive to do something different.  

Over the past 6 years of our life together we have been pulled from the mud, sometimes kicking and screaming as we went but we are learning to breathe in our new environment and it feels so damn good! 

Don't settle for life in the mud.  Make a change and allow yourself to breathe somewhere else.  You deserve clean water. Watch the magic happen!