I realize that sometimes I cling to the constant pushing to do better and more so I can reach my dreams and goals and I forget to enjoy everything else that is happening around me. I know that if I only focus on reaching my big dreams I miss the opportunities, moments, and offerings of every day. I've been encouraged to let go and trust that my dreams will still be there to reach for, but trading the familiar hard work that I thought it would take for something easier and perhaps more joyful is actually very scary.
When I set out to let go, just a little bit, I was afraid that everything would fall apart and the slight progress that I have made would slip away like rocks down a mountainside. I have to learn, almost daily, that things will work out as they should and not in accordance with my personal agenda. Often things turn out better than I had imagined but to get there takes immense trust in something that seems so unknown. Giving myself just a little space to meander and not worry about accomplishments showed me a couple of things. First, I was reminded that as much as I care about my creative work nothing terrible is going to happen if I take some time away from it. Second I learned that in letting go of my plans, a little bit, I open up space for the beauty of every day.
Sometimes I think that reaching dreams is like running a marathon which requires training, hard work and complete dedication to the task. Other times I believe that it's like a fairytale and if I say just the right words, end up in the right place at the right time or find a fairy god mother I will get just what I want. Even though I'm not sure if I have the skills or the magic, I am trying hard to trust that I will get closer to where I want to be or, more likely, someplace different than I envisioned but still deeply satisfying.
I often worry that my blog meanders too much between various topics but I think of it always as a work in progress and some reflection of where I am right now. I am taking a class called Mondo Beyondo which has inspired much of my thinking here today. I wrote this mostly to try to articulate this process to myself but, as always, I welcome your thoughts.