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To be fully alive, fully human, and completely awake is to be continually thrown out of the nest

Pema Chödrön

 

The thing that most people guard themselves against is the very thing that can lead them to wakeful happiness. Letting go is what you need to do right now and for every day that follows in order to become fully human and fully alive.

Embracing continuous change and facing the fear of the unknown is what separates the living from the walking dead.

There is nothing worse than wasted talent, nothing worse that living life in quiet desperation, but your talent won’t just  bubble up to the surface if you don’t continually get thrown out of the nest.

Birds don’t hate their young.

They don’t toss the young out of spite and those tiny comfortable little birds sure as hell don’t want to be thrown out either. But they don’t have a choice in the matter. They are thrown out by their mother, the way she was thrown out by hers.

Without a real wind beneath your wings, without letting go, without dancing with your fears, you will never strike up the nerve to flap your wings. You will never find a way to chip away at your dreams.

Why would you?

Remember that your dreams are already here. They don’t have to be conjured up. They are real. Like a beautiful statue that hide itself from the sculptor in a lump of marble, so your dreams are ready to be released, but it takes work.

Work that you’ve never done. Work that you may feel uncomfortable or unqualified to do.

You will have to be vulnerable. You will have to be open to criticism. You will have to learn and relearn a few things. You will have to quit some bad habits. You will have to grow some new ones.

Getting thrown out of the nest will feel scary, but don’t complain.

Don’ saddle the rest of us with your bitching and moaning.

Embrace the change.

Accept the challenge

Don’t curse the adversity in your life.

Just learn to fly.