Saturday, May 05, 2007

Escaping the bubble

I went out yesterday to visit the school in which I taught for four months, and I had a really good visit with staff and students while I was there. One thing that stuck out to me was how many people commented on me "coming all the way out there to visit" - but it's only an hour's drive away. Then I realized that it was not really the physical distance but more the psychological distance that was difficult to breach, and that it was the act of escaping my bubble that proved the most daunting of tasks. It is easy to stay in a bubble, which for me has been school, camp, work, IVCF, or certain groups of friends at different times of life. It is not easy to break out of that bubble and to put effort into going beyond the boundaries of that world, but when I do, it is almost always rewarding. The problem is that inertia is such a troublesome force in not taking hold of those opportunities. Of course, it is not always a good idea to burst out of the bubble; sometimes the effort required to do exceeds the benefit of doing so. But more often than not, it is good to get out of whatever world in which you find yourself and pop the bubble that is your life.

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