are you self-contained?
containment is a way to keep something bad from spreading.
if a child gets chicken pox, he/she won’t be allowed back in school until they’re not contagious anymore. the school’s aiming for containment of the disease.
containment is also a foreign policy strategy. if one country is stirring up trouble, other countries can join together and enact a policy of containment, to isolate the rogue country and keep it from causing chaos outside its borders.
in a nuclear reactor, the containment system is the back-up system that’s supposed to keep dangerous radiation from leaking out when there’s an accident.
the human heart will self-contain when it has experienced great pain, in an attempt to prevent the pain from spreading.
while some forms of containment are beneficial, containment in the heart is not.
heart containment will stunt your growth.
we hope for protection.
we end up busy building a comfort zone- afraid of taking risks, stepping out, trying new things or expanding our horizons.
once we are contained within the walls of this comfort zone…
we are protected from our future…
we are protected from our present…
and we are protecting our past!
while we are preserving our past…protecting it and it’s impact on our heart, we protect or prevent the possibilities available in our present and future.
the question is often posed, “why do bad things happen to good people?”
John Steele posed one of the best possibilities i have ever heard. his answer was this:
so that your experience will speak louder than someone else’s pain.
someone going through a similar situation will gain hope by seeing you conquer your pain, overcome your difficulty, thrive, live, grow and expand into your future better than ever.
what has you confined…
let it go!
think bigger than your pain!
there is life to live!
and i promise, you don’t want to miss a minute of it.
do you know someone that this post would encourage? someone sitting in their comfort zone too fearful of the possibility of a wounded heart? please pass the post along…hopefully they will find inspiration to think bigger than their pain!
i’m so happy that i could share my heart with you today! thank you for stopping by!
see you soon,