We all love the incredible 3D experience of an IMAX movie. Watching a movie in 3D is intense, fascinating, riveting, stimulating.
You feel like you are actually there.
I started asking myself the question, Do I feel like that in my regular life?
Do I feel that engaged, that fascinated, that stimulated, that awed by my everday, regular life?
If not, then explore the concept that not experiencing our lives in 3D means we’re experiencing them in 2D.
We’re watching our life as if it was a movie on a screen over which we have no control. We become the viewers instead of a participant. We hope for the best, but sit motionless, powerless over what is in front of us.
When we step into our lives, we change them from movies into experiences. Just like a 3D movie makes it feel like you can reach out and touch the water, like you’re surrounded by wild animals, or are surfing a 15-foot wave, so does complete engagement turn us into active participants in our own lives, capable of connecting strongly to our experiences.
If you’re wondering where to start, start here. Start now. Take a close look at what’s in front of you, who’s in front of you, and engage fully with it. This isn’t like starting a new job, where you need a new wardrobe, a new haircut, and a new external appearance to step into a role.
You are already in the role of yourself, on the stage of your life.
This isn’t about running away from our lives to some idealistic dream life. It’s about stepping into our life as it exists as if it were our dream life. Our external circumstances, favorable or unfavorable, are our current reality. As such, they are our starting point.
This quote by Nido Qubein puts it wonderfully:
“Your present circumstances don’t determine where you can go; they merely determine where you start.”
Here we all sit, at our starting point of Right Now.
Here you sit, in the role of a lifetime, ready to take the first brave step onto your stage.
When the credits roll at the end of our life, let’s not feel as if we missed out somehow. As if it should have been more.
As if we expected a better ending.
As if we expected a better story.
As if we would have imagined it differently.
Imagine it differently.
Do it differently.
Experience it vividly.
This is your chance.
This is your stage.
This is your life.