there is this air to breathe.
the leaves turn and the season shifts.
our eyes close and the body's energy restores.
this heart beats.
and organs function.
A few weeks ago on a cold but sunny day, I found myself meeting up with a friend in a National Trust car park in the Langdales for a short day hike. A year ago she wasn't my friend. I didn't even know she existed. I met her last year on a training course in London.
How much time, on average, do you think you spend worrying about the future? Anything from worrying about how you'll pay your bills at the end of the month, to why your boss wants that meeting with you on Friday, to how you'll cope if you get sick.
The journey of choosing courage is really the journey of choosing your heart. The heart calls you to your highest purpose and deepest service. It calls you to your greatest joy. And yet though the heart will always guide you towards Truth, it takes courage to listen and follow its whispers into the night.
Sooner or later, if you're lucky, life will help you see that the goal isn't for everything to go the way you'd planned or hoped. Sometimes it will and sometimes it won't. The goal is to know that both in succeeding and failing; in rising and falling; in gaining it all and losing everything; in making enough and not making ends meet - in everything and all of it you're still ok.
Every time you think you're not good enough, it's a lie.
Every time you doubt whether you have anything worth contributing, it's a lie.
Every time you think there's something wrong with you, it's a lie.
Every time you compare yourself and come out bottom, it's a lie.
Every time you question your ability to make a difference, it's a lie.
Follow the crowd.
Keep the job you hate.
Satisfy yourself with mediocrity.