You read that correctly, it’s “hatched”, not “hitched,” since many of you are already in that state of bliss or misery.
One of my favorite quotes is from C. S. Lewis. It goes something like this “It may be hard for an egg to turn into a bird: It would be a jolly sight harder for it to learn to fly while remaining an egg. We are like eggs at present. And you cannot go on indefinitely being just an ordinary, decent egg. We must be hatched or go bad.”
For me, that means venturing out of my comfort zone. My comfort zone has become unhealthy anyway. It typically means reclining in my comfy new chair with a handful of M&Ms, while a “Monk” marathon plays on the TV.
Today, I got “hatched.” I joined a group of volunteers and picked up trash along the roadside. Funniest thing. We had fun and I made a new friend.
Often I look in the mirror and ask myself: “If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do today?” And whenever the answer has been “No” for too many days in a row, it’s probably time to break out and change something…almost everything – all external expectations, pride, fear of embarrassment or failure – these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important.
Remembering that life is terminal is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. If today were the last day of your life, would you want to do what you are about to do today? I probably wouldn’t be out picking up trash, but I wouldn’t be vegin’ out in front of the television either!
I guess it’s up to each of us to decide how we would spend that last day and JUST DO IT.