How Vomit Turned into a Wakeup Call
Picture this: I'm on a flight home from an epic event in New York City and mere minutes before touchdown I hear, what I thought was, wet sneezing. As I turned to investigate I discovered it was actually a man full on vomiting into a bag two seats away from me (In that moment, I acknowledged a need for a profound appreciation for the presence of airsick bags on planes.) The woman next to me covered her mouth in horror (more likely disgust) as other people squirmed in their seats. I won't say I wasn't uncomfortable after all flu season was in full bloom and I was on a giant germ container. But once my feelings of "ew gross" subsided, I had a different and surprising reaction to it; I began to smile.
Why was I smiling while the rest of the plane was wrestling with queasy stomach syndrome? Well, Albert Einstein is part of the reason. He said, "The most important decision we make is whether we believe we live in a friendly or hostile universe". In that moment I knew this was all happening FOR me.
Let me explain. See that epic event I attended was WAY outside of my comfort zone. I mean imagine being in a room rubbing elbows with folks one degree away from Oprah. And where several of the attendees are 6 figure a month, that's right, not a year earners. To say I was feeling out of my depth would be an understatement. There were on-air correspondents, famous multi-millionaire marketers... and then me.
Besides being intimidating, these type of gatherings inspire what I call EVENT HIGH-ITIS. If you aren't familiar with the term let me clue you in. Event High-Itis is where you go to an event get some great teachings, get around your tribe, and come out fired up. You are feeling full and inspired to be more, do more and have more.
Now, this often resolves shortly after you get home once you start back with real-world activities that bring you crashing back to earth.
Which brings us back to our friend on the plane and his unfortunate sickness. A friend/mentor of mine always says do the things that make you want to vomit. What she means by that is to do things that make you nervous, queasy, and will scare the lunch out of you. The only way you can expand your comfort zone is to step outside of it. The vomiting was like a blinking red alert reminding me to not slip back into playing small.
Because I decided that I live in a friendly universe, I could look beyond the vomit and see something magical. The universe was supporting me in my mission loud and clear and sending me this message. To be like the people in that room you will have to do things that make you feel like you want to puke.
Everything you and I want is in our PZ (puke zone), so I want to urge you to take on the challenge of doing one thing a day or once a week that makes you uncomfortable.
I know it can be easy to get caught up in our "what else could go wrong" story but I’m encouraging you to see things as happening FOR you rather than TO you. Once you train yourself to see beyond the surface of your day-to-day, it starts happening on autopilot and you begin to see the good and messages for you everywhere. If I can find the beauty in my situation on the plane, I know it's possible for anyone.
The last takeaway I want to leave you with is about the bag I gave thanks for earlier. You know the one that took on all the throw up. Again Thank God (I know nasty imagery, but stay with me). I knew that was a message to me also. It was a sign to say when you take these leaps there will be support for you. We got you.
So I say the same to you. No matter the risks or uncomfortable steps you take there will always be support for you. You will find out you are made of more than you thought you were. The people you need will show up to support you on your journey.
Now go out there and get after your mission. I'll see you out there. The world is waiting for us
About the Author:
Bryn Drescher resides in Los Angeles and is an empowerment speaker who has spoken on hundreds of stages and impacted many with her voice and mission. She helps people own their voice so they can make an impact in the world with their story. Bryn believes in fostering dreams and busting limiting BS (belief systems).