Today Barry and I picked up some plastic storage boxes at Wal-Mart, and one of them had a small cardboard rectangle inside… I’m not sure what the purpose of it was, since it wasn’t cushioning anything, but it fit loosely within the perimeter of the container.
A low semi-box inside a box. Or rather, a low wall that didn’t separate anything.
Barry put the cardboard piece on the floor in the dining room… and Jupiter immediately decided that it was a good place to hang out.
She kept going in there again and again… sometimes just relaxing, and sometimes using it as a vantage point, hunting blind and launch pad to attack Mercury from whenever the latter happened to stroll by.
It seemed to me that she somehow felt this low box — this wall that doesn’t separate anything — was a place of safety and comfort.
And beyond that, she seemed to think that as long as she was INSIDE the box… nobody outside could see her, and hence Mercury wouldn’t suspect the upcoming pounce.
Of course, kids play these kinds of pretend games all the time… but when I saw my cat doing it, it made me think of how adult people remain in their comfort zones with a false sense of security.
What makes it worse when people do it is they don’t advance through life to their full potential because of this sense of security they have — whether associated with a JOB, a habit, or remaining with a life partner that is completely wrong for them because it’s “easier” and “safer” to do so.
Interestingly enough, later on Mercury decided that she was going to get in the low box too.
Mercury LOVES getting inside things… if a new bag or box comes into the house, she’s the first one to get completely inside and hide from the outside world.
But it’s almost like she needed to see Jupiter enjoying the low “non-box” box before deciding for herself that perhaps this new addition to the floor space could be somewhere comforting to lie.
It’s like people who only decide that a JOB is secure because others tell them it is… or people who decide that their distressed home situation is secure because they don’t have the chutzpah to follow their hearts… or people who do what others do for the sole reason that they don’t want to be “left out” of anything.
Of course, there’s nothing wrong with my cats getting simple pleasure out of a simple thing… that’s what life is really about.
But when we humans are in comfort zones, or feeling a false sense of security — choosing the “safe” route over the path that fulfills our greatest purpose — it’s not about getting simple pleasure from simple things. It’s about convincing ourselves we’re getting pleasure from being stuck in a rut.
If this thought rings true for you — if you think you might be clinging to false safety in some area of your life — ask yourself if you’re truly happy now.
Do you feel like you are achieving what you’re meant to achieve in this lifetime?
Do you feel like you’re living up to your full potential?
Do you feel like you’re unstoppable… and nothing will prevent you from making a difference in this world?
If you can honestly answer yes to those questions, then congratulations!
You are truly not only thinking, but living “outside the box”.
If you answered no to any of them… then what are you doing to move forward, get out of the box-like rut you’re in, get out of your comfort zone, and uncover your potential?
Then, if you’re ready for the next step, we have a whole slew of resources to help you live a Life Without Limits at LWLWorldwide.com.
Because every journey begins with a first step… and that first step begins with a decision to take it.
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