Yesterday morning I had a gentleman call me looking for a ten by twenty-five. In the storage world, their unit sizes and most of our larger units right now are unavailable. I’ve never seen anything like this in the market because there are so many people needing storage at the moment that we can’t keep a unit longer than two days. I knew I didn’t have anything available because I only have a five by fifteen. However, I offered to look online and see if our sister stores might have one available. He jumped at my willingness to do this, and I began the search. Within a matter of seconds, I found a store that had a twenty by thirty available. Now what I did for him was a long shot given the market available right now. But had I not done that, he may not have found what he needed when he needed it. This occurrence is one of the many ways that taking a long shot may have been his only shot at getting a good-sized unit.
The lesson in all of this is that it’s better than not to attempt when we take those long shots. No, I’m not talking about guns and violence. I’m referring to taking chances on things that you might not think you have a chance with, but you’ll never know if you don’t try. I keep thinking about all the different scenarios around me, whether in my personal life or professional life. It occurs to me that so many opportunities are available if we reach out and attempt new things. But if we never reach for something because we convince ourselves that it’s not within our grasp, then everything becomes nothing.
Faith is very similar because when we’re hitting different points in our lives, many of us call out for help from above. Sometimes it seems like those prayers never get answered, and other times it feels as if the answers appear in ways that we disagree with, but if you have faith, things generally do work out for the best. Belief alone without action won’t get you anywhere. Some people believe in the power of prayer. Others believe in the ability to act on what they feel. But I think the problem with most churches now is that they go through the motions. But they aren’t willing to put their money where their mouth is unless they find themselves in an uncomfortable position. When people like me call them out on their behavior and then do things to instill changes, we get a bad rap because people see them as instigators. I know if a person does nothing, then that’s what they will receive – nothing. But if a person acts on faith and takes a chance, they are left without wondering what if. I have enough; what if’s in my life, I don’t need to add more.
I told most of you that I recently asked for a raise and didn’t get it. You can ask anybody who knows me well and will tell you I work my tail off. At first, I didn’t know how to handle the rejection because I was angry and upset. I knew it was a long shot for me to get the raise because this is one of the cheapest companies people can work for in today’s world. I’m not saying that to be mean; it’s just a reality. But in the process, I also learned something else. If I never attempted to go for what I needed, I wouldn’t know where things stood. I would think that showing them that I’m a good employee would make them want to give a raise, but I have learned that if you don’t ask for what you want, you won’t get it. So is life a long shot? Absolutely. But the thing about long shots is that as long as you’re willing to take the chances, you have a better chance of succeeding in your goals and quest. If you are unwilling to try for what you want out of life, then everything is a long shot because you’re not even willing to take a chance.
Don’t be afraid to make your dreams come true. Live your lives to the fullest with no regrets. Every day is a new day, but we’re not guaranteed to see that day. Use the time that we all have left on Earth wisely. No one wants to live their life wondering what if. Take the chances you’re scared to take. After all, you’ll never know what the outcome will be unless you try. Have a great day, everyone.