scooby-dooIt’s a typical series of events. Scooby-Doo and his gang of meddling teenagers enter a dark and gloomy house late at night. They make their way through spider webs, pass a few mysteriously lit candles amongst a deserted dinner table, and slowly make their way around the house in search of the truth. At some point, one of the crew members steps on a stair, or walks off of the carpet, and the floor creaks.

Much like episodes of Scooby-Doo, our lives are defined by what we do when we hear the floor creak. Do we run for the door? Do we freeze up? Or do we keep moving to find what we came for?

Unfortunately, too many of us too often turn away and head back home to safety. We carve out a safe space to exist where nothing unfamiliar can touch us, or we develop a pattern of behavior to cope with the thought of what may be up the staircase.

But we can’t keep doing that. At some point, whether it’s by choice or by force, we have to keep moving when the floor creaks. If we never go up that staircase, or never walk off the carpet, we miss out on opportunities to learn, to grow, and maybe even find what we came for.

Sometimes, you find that the dark hallway is really a dead end. Sometimes you find thirty more rooms to explore. And sometimes, you find exactly what you needed even though it isn’t what you expected. But you’ll never know if you don’t try to move forward.

Don’t flee every time the floor creaks.