“Step outside of the box.”
“Think outside the box.”
“Break outside the box.”
This little box must be made of some extremely durable substance because the entire world is either living it or trying to get out of it! No, seriously. I am not joking. I cannot tell you how many times I have heard these expressions about this box. Darn it, I have even said them many times.
It is very true that I need to “step out of the box” but I was wondering, can I bring the box with me? I mean the box has done so much for me in my life; its walls acted as a sturdy pillar as I tried to walk before I could crawl and it protected me from the elements (society) when I was not strong enough to brave it. Thanks to the box, I was able to grow and develop the skills I needed to survive once outside the box.
The time comes when the box has given us all that it can. And at that time, and not a minute sooner, we should leave the box. Time is everything and leaving the box too soon might mean we are underdeveloped and too weak to sustain ourselves outside the box. See, that’s why I want to bring the box with me!
Don’t get me wrong, I believe we need to get our butt out of that box. However, that can be a scary task. Sometimes I am afraid to leave the box because I question whether I am ready to tackle the dream before me. Sometimes the fear is in wondering if leaving the box means that I won’t have anything to fall back on. So, I decided to think of it this way: take everything I need out of the box, place the contents in an air-tight container, step out of the box, and then say goodbye to the box. Genius! This way I figure that I am solving the problem of living as an oversize giant in a tiny box and the problem of worrying that I have the essential tools I need along the journey.
With the tools that make me strong and competent safely tucked away, I can pull them out whenever I feel I need to rest, regroup, and remind myself that I have already been nurtured to accomplish the task ahead. I don’t know about you, but envisioning that I can take everything with me makes getting out of the box less intimidating. Maybe it is all a placebo, but it is working and I am stepping outside of the box. That’s all that matters.