Coffee. It is the elixir of life, I’m convinced–a good cup of coffee that is. A bad cup, well, let’s just leave it at the good cup.
I was traveling abroad, 35,000 feet above the continent of Africa. It was a long trip and another long flight that was overnight. When I awoke from my meager attempts at sleep, I heard the flight attendants preparing breakfast. Coffee?!? Could it be?!? I’m on an international airline bearing the name of a country that grows some extraordinary coffee–could it be?!? I sat anxiously waiting my turn as the attendants handed out drinks. It seemed like a lifetime passed before they got to me.
“Coffee?” she asked.
“Certainly!” I replied trying to disguise my anticipation.
Then I saw it–instant coffee!
“Instant coffee?” my mind rattled.
She handed me my cup and moved on in the “I’m SO done with you” sort of air attendants can have.
INSTANT COFFEE?!? BUT, HOW?
How could an airline from a celebrated country known for good coffee profane themselves by serving a second-rate instant coffee?
Then it hit me–that’s what many people do.
People with gifts that are extraordinary, who are afraid to reach deeply within themselves to bring out that giftedness that could change the world around them and possibly the world at large.
It’s cheap. It’s easy. It will be criticized but it’s okay. It’s expected and it doesn’t hurt because it isn’t really a criticism of the coffee not the airline or the country. Just their choice–but–it just doesn’t add up. It doesn’t reflect who they are with regards to the airlines’ service reputation, the country’s quality and my disillusioned palate.
And that’s really what it’s about: our choice.
And that’s what I’m exploring: what if I could encourage you to make that next choice? Not the next cache of choices–just the next choice. An ancient Chinese philosopher is credited with the saying, “a journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.”
What would your next step be?
If your next step could lead you to greatness, what direction would that continuous trajectory take you?
Let’s spend some time and unpack that.
No more instant coffee. No more deflecting criticism. No more holding back. Your choices will become congruent with who you have been created to be.
If that sounds inviting, take the next step….have a cup now and join me tomorrow.