croods  Do you know the motto of the Croods?  The animated cave-dwelling family from the recent movie with the same name?

“Don’t ever not be afraid”

The Croods is an inspiring fish-out-of-water story about a cave-dwelling family forced out of their familiar environment.  They live by three simple rules:

  1. Don’t ever do anything new
  2. New is bad
  3. Always do what you’ve always done and you’ll stay alive

Are You a Crood?  Am I?

If you replace the word “alive” with the word “safe”, don’t the Croods’ rules sound familiar(Click that link to Tweet it) I know they do to me.

There is safety in the predictability of what we’ve always done.  Even if what we’ve done is bringing us pain, we often say to ourselves, “Better the familiar pain than the unknown”. (Click that link to Tweet it)

Any human can fall prey to that belief.

After all the unknown is often scary.  We may ask ourselves, “What if the new outcome is even worse?”

Living is, After All, Usually Preferable to Simply Staying Alive

Yet at The Croods’ penultimate moment, the family’s daughter declares, “This is just ‘staying alive’; this isn’t living!”  And, when the Croods’ hand is forced they all end up changing their motto to, “Follow the Light”.

What has forced your hand to follow the light?  Me?  Extreme financial desperation (about eight years ago) forced me out of my “cave”.  I’m now incredibly grateful for that pain, since it was the catalyst (the “loaded gun to my head”, if you will) that forced me to stop “never not being afraid” and follow the light.

Whatever pain forced you from your “cave” and required you to start living (rather than simply staying alive), join me today in taking a moment (or two) to say “Thank you” to the universe for giving it to you.

And stay tuned to this blog for more techniques to use new paradigms  from quantum physics to align your life with your desires…