I am a Queen of Challenges. I enjoy stepping up and out and doing incredible things: like this week's Poem Length Book in a Day, Upper La Cresta Sojourn - CHECK! or the 365 Day Self Portrait Challenge - CHECK! or diving back into theater after a 30 year hiatus due to fear and sadness - CHECK! or leaving my "excellent" job as a County Bureaucrat and building a Life Coaching/Personal Development practice quickly and easily - CHECK! and yet... here I sit, once again, on a very skinny branch... on the edge of what I have done and am frustrated because I have gotten stuck in the Valley of How ("I don't know how!" Maybe you know this place, too.)
I have been sitting with this for the last few days so Jamie's timing is perfect.
I wish to be brave by taking deeper breaths and bigger bites. I want to take a knife and slice through the vines covering the soil of the Valley of How in the same way I have done research in the past. Asking simple questions and then living the answers. Engaging with people who do know how, befriending them and tuning into their knowing so that I may glean what fits in my situation.
I can't do this by continually only taking tiny bites and shallow breaths.
I have done that for long enough.
I also wish to be brave by becoming crystal clear on my long term vision. I have done this work in the past and it is inspiring, but more recently I have done a lot of work with the "here and now" to the point that I have actually stifled my ambition, my "what is calling me beyond this now."
I wish to be brave by continuing my work of giving voice to the voiceless: deeper, broader, more courageous.
I wish to be brave ~
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