Soar

September 8, 2014 at 6:50 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

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“You were born with wings, why prefer to crawl through life?” – Rumi

We can become attached to a lot of things throughout our journeys of potential. Our identity. Our thoughts. External possessions. Other people in our lives. A job title or position. A particular set of circumstances or perceptions. Past experiences. Our fear of a VUCA world or future (Volatile, Uncertain, Complex, Ambiguous), just to name a few. These attachments have the potential to become limitations in our lives as individuals and groups. We can forget, temporarily or unfortunately for longer periods of time, who we truly are and all we are capable of being (just like the depiction of the bird at the beginning of this post).

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“There is an eagle in me that wants to soar, and there is a hippopotamus in me that wants to wallow in the mud.” – Carl Sandburg

The quote above resonates on a personal level, as well as through the experiences of the myriad of individuals and groups I have worked with over the years in my roles as a teacher and facilitator in various parts of the world. Which voice we choose to listen to and assist us in guiding our daily thoughts, words and actions more consistently (what we love that fills us with energy, passion, connection and inspiration, or what we fear that keeps us separated, small, hidden and struggling), plays such a large part in how we show up, interact with, and make a difference in our own and others lives each and every day. As Ralph Waldo Emerson states, “Life is a journey, not a destination”.

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“The desire to fly is an idea handed down to us by our ancestors who, in their grueling travels across trackless lands in prehistoric times, looked enviously on the birds soaring freely through space, at full speed, above all obstacles, on the infinite highway of the air.” – Wilbur Wright

That important word in the previous paragraph is choose. As we strive to soar it doesn’t mean we won’t experience challenge, vulnerability, hesitation, uncertainty, fear and all the emotions that we least enjoy in our lives. Instead choosing to soar opens up more and more opportunities to be grateful for our ability to choose connection and contribution in an ever-growing number of interactions with self, others and the world around us, letting go and trusting in who we really are and all we are capable of being. Each small choice acts as a reminder and inspiration for the next, embedding practices and habits in our lives that free us of what has the potential to pull us down.

“The most beautiful dream that has haunted man since Icarus, is . . . today . . . reality.” – Louis Blériot, the 1st English aviator to successfully cross the English Channel in an aeroplane, 25 July 1909.

How is attachment showing up within your journey of potential? Are your choices (daily thoughts, words and actions) coming more consistently from a place of love or fear? In what areas of your life do you find it easier or more challenging to let go and trust in who you really are and all you are capable of being?

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