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call to arms!

May 14, 2017 , , , , , ,

You have no idea what you’re capable of until you are standing in that exact spot, faced with that exact decision, or looking at that exact opportunity.

Oh, I love working hard, and I’m annoyingly interested in life. But as for pushing myself out of my comfort zone? It’s so very easy to stay in the cocoon, and just inside the inside the lines.

I’ve done some extraordinary things in my life time when I’ve taken a leap of faith, but it always surprises me how easy it is to be comfortable, how easy it is to be alarmingly safe. Sometimes this is exactly what is needed, as the spirit finds strength in dreaming. Like a field in a fallow season, imagination, courage, and energy need to germinate and grow.

But there is a time for leaping as well…awkwardly, arms akimbo, legs flying, hair wild, eyes even more so! And leap you absolutely must to live. Because when we are pushed outside of our comfort zones in whatever way life dictates, we grow. So beautifully, and so essentially. It doesn’t have to be incredible and life-changing, it just has to mean that you are moving, one foot in front of the other.

And in those periods of intensive growth, everything looks different. How I wish I could pin this down more!

It all comes down to viewpoint, courage, and imagination:

A challenging student becomes a necessary and strengthening conversation, then bond, then seedling of change. 

The chance to speak changes from being a scary thing, to a chance to change viewpoints, and affect opinions. 

A choir rehearsal becomes a chance to energise a group of students who trust you, and to joyfully sing and be in a way they do not get to be in the classroom.

A composition becomes a story, a snippet of soul.

A book becomes a refuge, a ship of the imagination.

A conversation becomes a doorway, and a threading of trust and love. 

Everything looks different. Everything bursts and brims with possibility.

You have NO IDEA what you are capable of, and what resonance your words carry, until you put yourself in that exact spot of learning + leaping!

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