This week I have done two podcasts, a TV show, and the second show of a weekly series I am doing on Clubhouse with an amazing woman, Alexandra Figueredo, called Audacity & the Outrageousness of Courage, as well as written Ad Copy to be used online to generate registration to a free webinar I have produced. In my world, that is just another day for so many. What makes it extraordinary for me is that I am extremely limited when it comes to anything technology based. I can get confused at the smallest thing. They’ll say just press the …… Press what? What on earth is a …….
I share this because I can’t help but wonder, how many of us have walked into a world we don’t understand, don’t know if we want to understand, and yet somehow are expected to be a whiz at it. Choices arise – run as fast as you can – pass it off to someone else – or call someone in to help you. Not for a moment am I saying that I didn’t think of the first two. What counts however is that the choice I made was to show up.
How often do you choose not to show up? How often do you choose to let someone else in so you can get the heck out of Dodge? There is no judgment here, only the realization that when something that calls us to grow shows up, I would highly advocate going for it. With the hundreds of podcasts and online TV and/or Radio shows I have done, I still bounce between being cavalier and being nervous I will look like an inept beginner. Welcome to life and humanity.
Our shadow side, that part of us that would readily betray us, readily calls us to take the safe way out. Ironically, it is also that side of us that is full of energy, outrageousness, and nerve. Even if it takes massive courage, it is the nerve that pushes us over the edge. GO FOR IT!
For you it may be being president of your local non-profit association, being the one who starts a routine of dinners for a recently hospitalized neighbor. Whatever it is, if you are called, jump in. Life becomes filled with child-like wonder that says: “I did it.” “I wasn’t bad.” Or even, “Damn, I’m good.”
Whatever brings you into life, passion, and vibrancy is worth its weight in gold. The opposite, survival, is so self-betraying, You deserve so much more.
My wish for you this week is that you JUMP IN. Jump into life, new beginnings, new outlooks, and most certainly, new adventures.