such a contemplative frame of mind as if each thought is
a precious jewel waiting to be collected.
While honoring my father in law's life by listening to the stories
his friends shared, I had a lot of new thoughts emerge.
His stories served to remind me that I don't want to allow
fears to stop me from living my life to the fullest any more.
Now Jamie has asked what do you wish to rise above?
When I first sat with this of course I thought of
Dr. Maya Angelou's most excellent poem which I read again
And I feel deep gratitude for those who have gone before me
My journey is easy compared to all the sacrifices they had to
make. In honor of their struggles, I continue my work.
I wish to continue to rise above the fears of my own light. I wish to continue to rise above them and shine.
The false sense of safety I've clung to has led me to my deepest regrets for the steps not taken and the experiences I didn't have.
It's a prescription for a life half lived...not what I want my life to amount to.
In aligning myself with EMERGE, my word of the year,
I found this quote from William Stafford;
"I embrace emerging experience.
I participate in discovery.
I am a butterfly.
I am not a butterfly collector.
I want the experience of the butterfly"
I think my experiences this month have brought me a new depth
of understanding for my word of the year and a new determination to
rise above playing small. I feel ready and willing to boldly go where my word takes me.
BTW...I tip my geek hat to you if you caught my Star Trek reference!