“Life is either a daring adventure or nothing. Security does not exist in nature, nor do the children of men as a whole experience it. Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than exposure.” ~ Helen Keller
On the wall above my bed hangs an epic photograph of the Dallas Divide. It’s located in southwestern Colorado, not far from Telluride. I’ve driven past it a few times, but I’ve never set foot in it. Aside from what I can see from a distance or in a photograph, the entire landscape is a complete mystery to me.
Every morning when I fumble my way out of bed, this photograph is one of the first things I see. I really like that, because it’s a daily reminder to me that new adventures are always out there, waiting for me to come and find them. Each one is just a decision away.
Adventure lives just beyond the boundary of the comfortable and the known in our lives. Like all things beautiful and dangerous, adventure is constantly calling to us, beckoning us out of our stayed and claustrophobic routines and into landscapes where anything can happen.
The invitation to adventure is an invitation to be changed. It is the challenge to let life happen to you, to ride it and dance with it and sing it out loud rather than try (as so many do) to lock it down and control it.
No one ever really succeeds at controlling the wild unpredictability of life, you know. Anything can happen to any one of us from one moment to the next. We have no idea what’s coming or where it’s coming from from one breath to the next. But we are masters at pretending otherwise, aren’t we?
A real, true life is, by definition, full of risk, and every true adventurer knows this, and has accepted it. Like Bilbo said to the young Frodo Baggins:
“It’s a dangerous business, Frodo, going out of your door. You step into the Road, and if you don’t keep your feet, there is no knowing where you might be swept off to.”
Adventure is the friend of Risk. For what is an adventure where nothing that matters is really at stake? A movie. An amusement park. A video game. These may be fun for a few hours or even a few days. But your heart will die if you try to live in them.
Where is Adventure calling to you?
Where are those shimmering thresholds in your life, beyond which lie your most beautiful hopes, and your most formidable fears? What if, instead of trying to manage or ignore them, you took some time, got off alone with just you and God, and really listened to your own soul?
What is the Adventure that is calling your name?
What is the invitation? What is the risk? What is the fear that threatens to keep you from ever saying yes?
Write it all down. Then once you have it, make it into a prayer. Make it a request from your deepest soul to God.
Ask God to talk with you about it. Then look for confirmation. Seek counsel from your most wise and daring friends. Do your homework. Risky is not the same as Reckless.
So be smart about it.
But also, be courageous.
Cross the Threshold.
Life is waiting for you.