It may be hard for an egg to turn into a bird: it would be a jolly sight harder for it to learn to fly while remaining an egg. We are like eggs at present. And you cannot go on indefinitely being just an ordinary, decent egg. We must be hatched or go bad.
– C. S. Lewis
This quote made me smile at first with images of flying eggs going through my mind as I read it. Then I thought – isn’t it a regular thing to see people who have decided to be ‘ordinary, decent eggs’? Isn’t it common to see people who have decided to stay in the middle and coast along like fallen blades of grass in a puddle? So rare it is, especially in these times, to see a person who has decided to go somewhere and is doing all to get there – who has decided to live in pursuit of a purpose and is going all out to see it become. It is no surprise that people take notice when someone comes along who is sure of what they want and begins doing all to get there. That kind of commitment is not borne of mere decisions taken on the spur of the moment. Testimonies to this fact are the failed new year resolutions and broken promises that abound. The kind of lasting commitment that is needed is borne of convictions.
A conviction, according to my friend – the Oxford Advanced Learners’ dictionary, is the feeling or appearance of believing something strongly and being sure about it. Whoa! That certainly puts to the test the things we have termed convictions and asks the question…were we sure of what we believed or did it merely suit the convenience of the moment? Was the belief strong or did it survive only because of the emotion of the moment? I firmly believe that the convictions which bring lasting commitment are definite and must provoke a change. It’s easy being an egg – all warm and safe – but how will you know if u are a lark meant to sing or an eagle meant to soar if there’s no commitment to hatch from the egg. That commitment can only be borne of a conviction that it must be better. This isn’t about wishes and desires – none of that. They are only fuel for the commitment that must come before. It is about a true, unshakeable belief in something better and a willingness to work towards it.
Commitment brings with it power in the form of focus. The power it brings is its own fuel and its reward. But the bottom line is that commitment must begin with a step – being convinced beyond a shadow of doubt of what we need to do. We all know the power of focusing the rays of the sun with a lens on a sheet of paper – it sets it on fire. So it is with any life that is focused. It lights whatever it comes into contact with.
The power in commitment is one that makes life all the more worth living and makes us more truly ourselves than we could ever be otherwise. The commitment to hatch is what we are here to live out.