Recently I received an e-mail from a wonderful and very insightful girl called Emily. The article below is what I would like Emily to read as my reply. It was written by Christine Kane. I just love what Christine teaches us!
Written by Christine Kane
Somewhere along the way, we learn to avoid things that are uncomfortable.
“Hey look at this,” we think. “If I just stay here in the middle – away from the sharp edges – then I don’t get too banged up.”
Slowly, our passions and goals stop being about what we want to create or who we dream of becoming.
Slowly, our passions and goals become more about how to avoid the edges.
When the edges sneak up on us anyway – as they tend to do – then we find ways to soften them.
Conveniently, we live in a world that will jubilantly help us soften the edges.
We distract. We eat. We smoke. We drink a glass (or three) of wine before dinner. We become anti-anxiety, anti-depression, anti-mood. We watch hours of stuff that means nothing to us. We soften the edges.
And you know what?
It kinda works.
In the moment, we seem not to get bumped as hard.
Only problem is that as we lose the edges, we also lose the wisdom that the edges are designed to bring.
We lose the intuition that comes from the experience.
We lose the discovery of our own boundaries and preferences.
And we lose the joy that is a natural result of vulnerability, awareness, and energy.
All of this results in losing our awareness of our life purpose, our passion. We lose our clarity, too.
In other words, you can try your level best to stay smack dab in the middle, not bumping into the edges. But one day, it will occur to you that you have avoided so much more in the process. Including your own life…
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