Walking on the Other Side

My mom told me a story she heard from a friend the other day. It went like this:

There was a man who walked to work every day, and every day he would trip over the same hole in the sidewalk. He became comfortable with tripping over that hole in the sidewalk because it was familiar and expected. Although he was comfortable with the hole, it hurt him. Finally, he decided to walk on the other side of the street where the sidewalk didn’t have a hole in it. At first, it was uncomfortable, but slowly he became used to it and was no longer getting hurt.

Makes sense, right? Switch side of the street and avoid the hole that is there every single day.

Yet so often in life, we do the same exact thing and expect different results. It’s uncomfortable to walk on the different sides of the street and leave what’s familiar to us.

I challenge myself, and those who are reading this walk on the other side of the street.