When you swim out to Black Rock, the cliffs don’t seem very high. But as you climb the boulders, the coarse stone cutting the bottom of your feet, the fish in the tidal pools start to seem tiny. When you peer over the first wall, you realize that you’re climbing a bit higher than your comfort zone. But you keep climbing, because no self-respecting thrill seeker jumps at the first chance. So you keep climbing to the top and try not to look down. After all, if you look down, you might not jump. Now’s your chance to back out, but it’s a long climb back down. You take a deep breath and two steps to fling yourself off the ledge. The second step isn’t necessary because you’re already plummeting towards the water below. You’re not really thinking about anything. All you can do is tuck your arms in at your sides and… SMACK- you plunge beneath the cool salty water. You feel the rush as you break the surface and take another deep breath. Congratulations- you just took the plunge.
Take the plunge.
Live a little.
— Earl Nightingale
It’s an amazingly simple concept, really. We use every opportunity to ignore it.
Oh, that will take forever…
I don’t have time for that…
Don’t settle for instant gratification when the time it takes for real success and happiness is going to pass anyway. Why not be proactive towards owning your time? Hold yourself accountable for each minute. Don’t CHOOSE to waste any of it. It’s all in the way you look at it.
— Rainer Maria Rilke
Experience is life’s best teacher. Sometimes, it comes to you as a euphoric moment and other times it brings you to your knees gasping for air just before delivering a knock-out blow. I never said it was a “nice” teacher…
I won’t belabor the point. No feeling is final. Let it all happen to you and grow through it. While it may not be the feeling(s) you want, they are feelings you need to experience. Feel what you’re feeling so that you can live your life.
“There are two basic motivating forces: fear and love. When we are afraid, we pull back from life. When we are in love, we open to all that life has to offer with passion, excitement, and acceptance. We need to learn to love ourselves first, in all our glory and our imperfections. If we cannot love ourselves, we cannot fully open to our ability to love others or our potential to create. Evolution and all hopes for a better world rest in the fearlessness and open-hearted vision of people who embrace life.”
— John Lennon
I’ll keep it short.
Fear or love: which one is it going to be driving YOUR decisions, YOUR mindset, YOUR life?
— Truman Capote
Take it from a woman who has been worried sick all day over something she couldn’t see but could only imagine…
Take it from a woman who was on the verge of tears at the thought of this thing with no proof of which direction things would go…
Take it from a woman who finally has a moment to breathe and say…
Take it from that woman. Do not let your fears rule your life. Do not let the possibility of something in the future dominate the positivity of the guaranteed RIGHT NOW.
Take it from me: Be present. What will be will be. Enjoy the ride until then.
Love and Light,