“We must make the choices that enable us to fulfill the deepest capacities of our real selves.” ~ Thomas Merton, writer, social activist & mystic
From breakfast cereal to best friend, shoes to school, part-time job to partner for life… there’s not a second that goes by that we don’t make a decision or have a circumstance knocking at our doors, begging for one. When the challenges and curveballs come, though, life tests our courage and willingness to adapt, change and choose a direction. It’s then that the dilemma of Rice Krispies over Cheerios doesn’t deserve a second thought, for I’ll bet the farm that never was one’s destiny teetering on the battle of snap, crackle and pop versus that stupid little honey bee. And yet, we think we don’t really have to settle for what’s put in front of us, because we have the power to create the selections from which to choose. Right? I mean, we bought the groceries. Well, why the hell do so many of us forget that power when considering the real meat-and-potato issues and opportunities in life. Why do we SETTLE?
Settling. Ugh. Geez…even the word sounds… deflated. We turn our noses up when we hear someone else commit the crime yet we are not innocent of doing the very same. Allowing ourselves to live in the median, in the grey, in an unexplored space of the status quo. So why do we do it? Why do we settle?
Perhaps lack of knowledge, fear of failure, worry over repercussions, comfort with the predictable, judgment from others… the list is tiring and truthfully loooong. But perhaps it’s also because we have lost loving touch with our guts…our instincts…our heart…and our spirit that still knows how to take us to the moon and back if we only choose to leap towards our true selves. Our story is written by our journey, folks, and the journey is written by our hearts. When we dive into the deep end of decisions and face them head-on with all our might, focus and faith, we’ll surface to breathe in relief, real joy, redemption, resolution, and a gloriously REAL reality. ~ KD
Copyright by Kimberlie Dykeman.
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