There’s a Middle Eastern story of a spy who had been captured and sentenced to death by a general of the Persian army. The general had fallen upon a strange and rather bizarre custom. He permitted the condemned person to make a choice. He could either face the firing squad or pass through the black door.
As the moment of execution drew near, the general ordered the spy to be brought before him for a short, final interview, the primary purpose of which was to receive the answer of the doomed man to the question: “Which shall it be – the firing squad or the black door?”
This was not an easy question, and the prisoner hesitated, but soon he made it known that he much preferred the firing squad. Not long thereafter, a volley of shots in the courtyard announced the grim sentence had been fulfilled. The general, staring at his boots, turned to his aide and said, “You see how it is with men; they will always prefer the known way to the unknown. It is characteristic of people to be afraid of the undefined. And yet I gave him his choice.”
“What lies behind the black door?” asked the aide. “Freedom,” replied the general, “and I’ve known only a few men brave enough to take it.”
– Original author unknown
Choosing the unknown takes more bravery than it would seem! It is human nature to choose what is comfortable or familiar over the unknown. “Familiar” is not bad or even wrong, but it can keep us from better things and opportunities. Naturally, we have a fear of the unknown that can be crippling to our futures
What is the black door in front of you right now?
Will you choose comfort and familiarity?
Author bio // Emily Sue is a wife, writer, succulent garden grower, iphoneographer, coffee enthusiast, and Leadership Specialist at TeamTRI. Transplanted from northern Wisconsin to the plains of Oklahoma, she pontificates a lot about family life and pursuing one’s dreams on her personal blog.