Danger Zone

Posted: October 24, 2011 in Thoughtful thinking.

It’s what we live for. We may not know it, but it’s true. There’s an adventurer in all of us men, no matter how deep it may be hidden. It comes in all shapes, the danger zone. It could be a conference room, a living room, a football field, a stretch of open road, or possibly a space in the sky. We all have the places where we dance with the unknown in marvelous delight. Where the line between safety and disaster is razor thin and the most minute error is catastrophic but we continue to push the boundaries. We soak in the risk and thrive on the possibilities. Of course, we play it safe most of the time… MOST of the time.

You know what’s scary? When we cross the line. When we red-bar the gauges and the pressure watches click ominously. And then we go farther. The cabin creaks, the gauges break and steam hisses from release valves. And farther. Our chest gets tighter and the glass cracks as we push the limits to their utmost. The danger so real, the risk so great and yet the rewards so amazing. To brave the deepest unknown and survive is our calling. To emerge the victor, head held high is our passion. To fight, to win.

Or perhaps, not to win. Perhaps that does not matter. Winning does not prove anything. It proves that you have conquered, yes. But to fail, that is to learn. Failing is what shows the extent of one’s abilities, not winning. Winning limits us. It marks our abilities to succeed at a certain point and no further. Failure is what captures our hardest efforts. It pushes us to our utmost and determines our mettle. Failure does not know limits, and it can never be outdone. The bar can always be raised higher to fail for. And once that bar is reached and conquered, it is raised again, to be failed at until someone succeeds. Failure is the unreachable goal which pushes our success. If I fail, it means I’m going somewhere.

A man pushes towards his previous failure with the hopes of success, but only does so with the knowledge that all of his past failures allowed him to be where he is now. A man does not become discouraged with failure, but rather encouraged as he has now set the bar for his future success. His fall is now his footstep. His mistake, his mark. And he uses the wisdom from his past defeats to gain victory.

A man is not perfect, but strives for perfection by using his imperfection. A man is not one who appears good, but rather someone who is true to himself, and strives for what is right. A man who falls is wiser for it. A man that fails, stronger. A man who is stronger, victorious.

  1. Josh says:

    So long as that man’s failure came, not from a lack of effort or a premature tossing of the towel, but only from inadequacy.

    Inadequacy may be one of mans’ biggest fears, but it is one of God’s biggest tools.

    “Three times I pleaded with the Lord about this, that it should leave me. But He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly in my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me.”
    2 Corinthians 12: 8-9

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