Comfort or Passion?

by Rocket Finance


I have come to enjoy my Saturday posts, not just because they involve one of my favorite subjects: coffee, but because they are little more laid back – and fun! Today’s post is not necessarily fun, but rather more reflective.

I have mentioned on a few occasions that we are moving across the country. It will be the longest move of my life and the first real move of our married life. In three weeks, we will be loading up a 22 foot moving van and heading for the state of Colorado. We still aren’t exactly sure what we are going to do with our current home, housing costs are a bit more where we are headed, my new job does not include a huge raise and who knows where the economy is going – yet I am confident that this is the task that God has for me right now.

The past few months have been filled with some level of uncertainty as I was faced with the following decision: stick with the “sure thing” or step out and try something new. The job that I am leaving is comfortable. I am confident that I could meet it’s demands for the forseeable future and barring a major mistake, I could have had a reasonable chance of continuing in this occupation until retirement. The city that we live in is comfortable and we are getting by on my current salary. On the other hand, my new position comes with a small raise, but also with a great deal of uncertainty. The job itself will require a great deal of creativity and energy, to say nothing of uprooting my family and moving them out west. Furthermore, my new job requires a high level of performance, there is a standard to meet and if it is not met, I could find myself unemployed after a period of time.

So why have I chosen uncertainty over comfort? I think the answer to that question is passion. I can’t wait to start my new job, I can’t wait to tear into it and start solving problems. I am unproven in this field, yet I am utterly convinced that this is what I was born to do and I cannot always objectively explain why.

I am more confident in walking the thin ice of this new job than I am in continuing to work a job that I have handled without incident for the last five years!

This experiment, this step of faith could end poorly for my family and I. Mrs. Rocket and I have discussed and are prepared for the idea that we could be making a mistake, yet I know that I must take this opportunity or risk living with regret. No individual who accomplished a great task, was ever guaranteed a positive outcome. Sometimes they took a flying leap into the dark and left the rest to Providence. Reward does not come without risk of failure.

But failure does not necessarily mean that the original decision was a mistake.

Photo by jilicaanvi.

  1. 6 Responses to “Comfort or Passion?”

  2. By Lynnae @ Being on Mar 9, 2008 | Reply

    How exciting for you! I’ll be praying for you as you make the move. My husband and I did something similar (but we only moved 100 miles) when we first got married. We struggled financially for several years, but I have to tell you, Jim taking a job at a small, low-paying, Christian radio station was one of the best decisions we’ve ever made.

    There’s something to be said for pursuing your passions.

  3. By rocketc on Mar 9, 2008 | Reply

    Thanks Lynnae, I was thinking of your situation as I wrote this post.

  4. By DRF Blog on Mar 9, 2008 | Reply

    Hey Rocketc,

    I live in Colorado. Will you by chance be moving to the south Denver area? If so, shoot me an email.

    Good for you for taking a risk. I love that quote credited to Goethe: “Fortune favors the bold.”


  5. By Mom on Mar 10, 2008 | Reply

    Good luck! I think you are making the right choice. If you follow your passion you will be successful.

  6. By Odnal on Mar 11, 2008 | Reply

    I did something similar about a year and a half ago. I was pretty nervous when I did it, but couldn’t be happier with my decision now. I hope that things go as well for you.

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