“When I buy a new book, I always read the last page first, that way in case I die before I finish, I know how it ends. That, my friend, is a dark side.” --Harry, When Harry Met Sally
We never owned a Magic 8 Ball when I was little, but I spent a lot of of time playing with them at my friends' houses. I could never resist picking one up, shaking as hard as I could, willing it to tell me how my life would turn out. What job would I have? Where would I live? Who would I marry? What would my kids be like?
Even then, though, I think I understood that the magic of that little black ball was not in the answers it gave, but in the second just before it gave them. With everything still swirly and amorphous, the truth of what I was really hoping for was revealed: safety, security, and a life filled with love. Fear shakes us up and can make us feel powerless. As the dust settles our truths are exposed, leaving us incredibly vulnerable.
Instead of allowing life to keep happening to us by quickly covering them back up, we can answer their call to a life in which we become the creators of our reality. To do this, though, we must first be brave enough to let our hearts stay out in the open.
We cannot predict the future and the unknown can be so scary. Our minds readily fill in the blanks to answer those "what-ifs" and if we aren't careful we can begin to confuse them with reality. However, if we hide from or throw away those "what-ifs" altogether, we also miss out on the opportunity to manifest the deepest desires of our heart.
So, let your hands quake and your knees tremble. Invite fear to walk beside you and knock as many apples out of the tree as it dares. That is what it does best. Your job is to just keep walking along, taking your pick of what looks good.
No matter how the story ends up, your basket will be full when you get there.
Thank you for joining me. I am so glad you’re here!