When we have climbed to the top of the mountain and successfully jumped through a series of hoops, the question arises, “What’s next?” Robert Schuller spoke on this subject after he completed his envisioned glass cathedral. It took years to complete it and yet, once it was beautifully standing, it gave him great satisfaction but only for a season.
He found himself asking that haunting question, “Now what?” He discovered that the conquest pumped up his adrenaline and drove him throughout the completion of the project. But what was to be done thereafter?
When we finish some long-withheld dream, we may be astonished to find that the inner fulfillment will last but for so long. It is comparable to savoring a great gourmet meal. It was great, but that chasing hunger will return over time. The totem pole has been heightened but there is still more room at the top.
We check our calendars and our circadian clocks and realize that we have plenty of time and fuel in our personal tanks. There are quite a few more miles to go. So, we pause and become still. We then reach for a new draft book from our personal libraries and draw up a new plan. Obviously, there is more to be done.
We change out of our old celebration clothes and put them neatly away into our closet of precious memories. We put on our less formal attire such as some overalls and get busy working on that new thing. We answer the new callings and proceed on, after the dance!
August 22, 2020