Ralph Waldo Emerson wrote, «Do not be too timid and squeamish about your actions — all life is an experiment.» That quote retains coming to my thoughts recently as I’m confronted with modifications in my life. I take a deep breath every time I feel of it: «All life is an experiment. Therefore,» I inform myself, «loosen up, settle for change, observe your desires, be keen to take dangers and make errors for the sake of residing your fullest life.»
When I used to be a younger woman in grade faculty a instructor as soon as wrote on my report card, «Janet will in the future study that it is a waste of time to fear a lot about making a mistake.» It was about the identical time that I used to be taking crusing classes on the Mystic seaport. The different youngsters can be crusing throughout me on the Mystic River, tilting, capsizing, having nice crusing adventures and enjoying with the wind, whereas I simply sat there, stalled, afraid, enjoying it protected, unable and unwilling to catch the wind.
The winds of change have been huffing and puffing round me this previous 12 months; a ruptured appendix, uterine most cancers, and a wind-whipped voracious hearth in our Santa Barbara mountains have jogged my memory of the impermanence of this Earth life. I really feel my soul urging me to absolutely reside my life whereas I’m alive — to let go of the security, safety, and stagnancy of the recognized and to observe my dream and focus on writing. My thoughts says cynically, «Yeah, proper, observe your dream to the poor home!» My thoughts is like an anchor, resisting the wind, making an attempt to preserve me moored within the acquainted. But the winds of change are blowing my thoughts, rocking my boat, and thrilling my soul, who’s joyously singing «Anchors aweigh!»
Someone just lately despatched me the story of Phoebe Snetsinger, a 50-year-previous girl who was recognized with most cancers and given a 12 months to reside. She determined to forgo remedy and use some inheritance cash that she’d obtained to journey world wide as a birder. She ended up residing 18 extra years (she died in a van accident) throughout which period she grew to become legendary within the birder world for having seen and recorded extra birds than anybody else on this planet. She threw warning to the wind and adopted her bliss and it led her to a wealthy, rewarding life.
Sometimes when our world is blown aside, we’re free of the security and inertia of the acquainted, and are challenged to make modifications, take dangers, and observe our hearts need. However, we do not want our world to be upended so as to do this. For the final two years my husband Tom has been dedicated to concentrating his time an sources on growing and advertising his ingenious proper mind math system (he is Mister Numbers on YouTube with over 160,000 views). He’s excited and tail-wagging comfortable day-after-day to be residing his dream and making a distinction in folks’s lives. He conjures up me to do the identical, as does this excerpt from «The Invitation» by Oriah Mountain Dreamer:
«It does not curiosity me what you do for a residing. I would like to know what you ache for
and if you happen to dare to dream of assembly your coronary heart’s longing. It does not curiosity me how previous you might be. I would like to know if you’ll danger wanting like a idiot for love, to your desires, for the journey of being alive.»
My soul is urging me to take a leap of religion — to open my coronary heart like a parachute and bounce into the unknown, trusting the course the wind is blowing me. Maybe some of you feel the urge to take a leap of religion and observe your coronary heart’s need? «Do not be too timid and squeamish about your actions — All life is an experiment.» Have an exquisite journey!
© 2009 Janet Jacobsen