"Things will remain the same until the pain of things remaining the same becomes greater than the pain of change." - Unknown
A few months back I had a strong urge to paint a room in my house black. The moment the thought arrived I knew with certainty that I needed to do it. So I did what I often do when these kinds of urges arise. Nothing. I did absolutely nothing. And for the next few months the idea would float around in my head, pestering me, asking me to make it come to life.
Elizabeth Gilbert speaks to this idea in her book Big Magic. She says that ideas will come to us, but they can also just as easily go. The Universe will tug on our sleeve and ask us to dance with an idea. This idea will ask to be born and this tug is an invitation to co-create with God, or Spirit, or the Universe. We either say yes, or we say no. If we say no, consciously or not, the idea will move on to someone else for an opportunity to come to life. The idea will ultimately be born. And the Universe will be indifferent as to whom it was born to.
This is why this blog exists.
I've grown tired of hearing myself say no. I am ready to stop playing small. I am ready to create. I am ready to birth the ideas that circle around in my head, and just as quickly leave because I was too afraid to make them real. I'm ready to let go of fear of judgment. I'm ready to let go of things not being perfect but still putting them out there. I'm ready to trust that I have something of value to share.
They say life is what happens when we are taking risks. So, here's to taking risks. Here's to trusting that the net will catch us. Here's to the wings that emerge when we finally say yes and take the plunge. Here's to living.