Many things we assume will always be there that we don’t give them a second thought. And, generally speaking, this confident assurance is a good thing. But when we neglect what we take for granted we also run the risk of losing it.
Breathing is not something we usually think about as we go about our day. We assume our next breath is always readily available. And this confidence allows us to focus on the other issues of living that need our conscious attention.
But we become acutely aware of our breath whenever we can’t breathe – doing whatever we can to breathe easy once again. It’s not something we can neglect for too long without dire consequences.
While neglect in other areas might not be as dramatic, they remain just as serious.
For example, it’s good to rest in the security of our relationships with our loved ones. We shouldn’t have to worry on a daily basis about our commitment to each other.
At the same time, our foundation starts to erode when we take each other for granted and don’t intentionally pour into the relationship – feeding it and caring for it so that it can thrive.
Likewise, our communities bring value to us in many ways – from parks and museums, to protection and shared meaning. But, unfortunately, many of these resources we take for granted until our time of need.
And eventually our communities start to breakdown, or become something no longer aligned with our core values, if neglected for too long.
There’s great freedom in not having to constantly worry about every detail of our life and relationships.
But we risk losing everything when we take for granted what’s important.
Live in confident freedom without taking for granted those things that matter the most.