“If you aren’t in over your head, how do you know how tall you are?”
― T.S. Eliot
Coincidence that today was the day I just happened to come across this gem from Mr. Eliot? Think not; coincidence tends to originate from a place that resides much higher than this desktop. But its timing is worthy of a few more words.
True, being in “over your head” presents a wide array of challenges and an introduction to a full spectrum of emotions, running from mild anxiety to absolute terror. Nothing about that is “fun”. But on the other hand, letting go and jumping into something with both feet has its own rewards.
Once the initial shock has passed, and time begins to pass, the distance between the top of our noggin and the challenge begins to change. Perhaps the depth of the challenge is diminishing. Or – maybe it is that we are rising to the occasion. I tend to think that it is the latter. For we choose how we respond to challenges. Our response to adversity will always control our stature – and that of the challenge we face.
Perhaps we spend too much of our lives playing small, when we should really be playing big. Your frame should never command the limits of your ambition or the trajectory of your life.
You are much taller than you could ever imagine.