You are only given a little spark of madness. And if you lose that, you are nothing.
1) Know the difference between Honesty and Truth.
Fear of limitations is a cage. We can either have the dream or the cage.
We can be technically honest people all of our lives and never really tell the truth, because we deny the truth of who we really are, where we want to go and who we want to be with. We hear that whisper, assume it is static, ignore it and go on with the sane, safe path we are on.
But, the whisper keeps coming. It may go quieter, but it never really leaves, because it is our connection to the Infinite and the Divine. That whisper is God asking us to reach higher, trust him. “Our true heart’s desire” is very often that thing we would never admit publicly to anyone, because they would think we had gone mental. We don’t want to admit it because of the sheer audaciousness of having it. There are always naysayers chanting somewhere. But, maybe it is they who are not speaking the truth.
The Truth begins with two questions:
What am I really afraid of?
What would I do if I weren’t afraid?
These questions are signposts pointing the way to the next small step.
2) Overcome your “ Strengths”
They may be a mirage. They may be masking your true heart’s desire. They may be nothing more than coping strategies formed in childhood that need to be left behind.
I was a lawyer for decades and was proud of the skills I developed as part of the strenuous and stressful training and practice process. I considered myself a warrior. But, I was really Jell-O.
I was steeped in debate, intimidation and persuasion. This was never really satisfying, because what I secretly longed for was quiet and gentle dialogue and engagement with people’s hearts and souls, not their minds. I wanted to touch people and start them talking and feeling, not be the “ last word.”
Inside the armor of the warrior, beat the tender heart of a poet. I avoided this truth until I really had no other choice because the root fear, the cage I inhabited, was appearing weak. Who knew? Allowing myself to be spiritually and emotionally naked and to be seen as such made me a real warrior.
3) Remember the Cosmic Picture
Numbers 1 and 2 are not possible without daily conscious contact with God. All of us are plugged into infinite power, creativity, wisdom and love, but only when we choose to avail ourselves of them. The Big picture is too amazing for us to even imagine.
It’s a blind corner. We won’t know when we get there until we get there.
And if we “Fail’? How can we fail at becoming our true selves as long as we are breathing and trying to do just that?