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Take a Flying Leap

October 6, 2010.  Bob’s Java Hut

This is how I begin my journal entries.  By writing the date and where I am.  I write about my immediate surroundings to ground myself in the now.  For example, I am sitting here looking out at Lyndale Avenue, the gritty beauty of this corner I know so well.  I began coming here back in 1997–thirteen years ago!  Holy shit!  Now I’m 38 and I love it here as much now as I did then. This is the most spectacular fall day, the warmth and the saturation of color.  I love this corner, thick with urban flavor, commuters in skinny jeans with no helmets, leaves dancing on the sidewalks and in the gutters, blown in the wind of the cars going by. My coffee is half gone, as well as my Naked juice.  I’m starving, but they don’t have any donuts left and I don’t like any of the breakfast sandwiches in the case.  I have ten more minutes to write before I have to pick up some groceries at the Wedge and haul them home in my pannier bags on my bike, and pick Oliver up from school and Lucy up from Ada’s.  A blessed, lucky day.

It’s crazy to think that I began coming here with my pens and journals thirteen years ago.  Almost daily I wrote and pushed against my own boundaries.  I couldn’t have known how my life would end up, but I created it as I went along, bending and flexing, falling and getting back up.  I think back to that tumultuous and free time when I wondered what my life would be like “when I grew up.”  I wish I could whisper in that young woman’s ear, “You are right where you need to be.  Calm your fears and have faith in yourself.”  Then again, if I could have whispered that to my young self, maybe I wouldn’t have had that fear and insecurity to push against and leap from.

“To be fully alive, fully human, and completely awake is to be continually thrown out of the nest.”

-Pema Chodron

Here’s your two-part writing exercise for your Friday inspiration:

Part 1: What do you want from Life?  What do you want from your days?  Take 20 minutes of your time, plant yourself in an inspiring place, light a candle if you can, and take time to name what it is you want.

Part 2: What is holding you back?  What is keeping you from growing toward your sun?

Don’t seek comfort.  Where’s the adventure and discovery in that?  Call forth your bravery.  Seek to grow, to learn, to fall down and get back up.  Seek inspiration.  Seek your God-given purpose.  Take a flying leap beyond yourself, again and again and again.

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