Courage to live fully in 2010
Posted December 31, 2009on:
New Year’s Resolutions – fragile for some ~ too sturdy for others
Tonight we have fun, and tomorrow we break our New Year’s Resolutions. That’s how it goes for most people.
People like me achieve New Year’s Resolutions. We are the “get it done” sort of person. We also understand that goal-setting is not everything. Worse, it can be dangerous. When we set goals, we develop tunnel vision – that’s how it works. We focus on one thing and disregard side-effects.
“Get it done” people have a bigger challenge to explore life fully
Those of us who find goal-setting easy have a bigger challenge ~ to explore life fully. Do we have the courage to explore what we can’t control and do we have the courage to explore with no intent to control? Do we dare leave the light and explore the dark? Could we do a that job we hate without getting wound up about it? Can we learn to relax in the company of someone we dislike?
Do we have the courage to simply stand in awe of the richness of our lives and all its possibilities ~ without acting ~ without trying to make the world do our bidding? Do we have the strength of character to simply stand in awe?
Can that be the New Year’s Resolution of 2010? To Live Life Fully and Be Still?
As ever, here is a poem by Raine Maria Rilke on the courage to live fully.
Ignorant Before the Heavens of My Life
Ignorant before the heavens of my life,
I stand and gaze in wonder. Oh the vastness
of the stars. Their rising and descent. How still.
As if I didn’t exist. Do I have any
share in this? Have I somehow dispensed with
their pure effect? Does my blood’s ebb and flow
change with their changes? Let me put aside
every desire, every relationship
except this one, so that my heart grows used to
its farthest spaces. Better that it live
fully aware, in the terror of its stars, than
as if protected, soothed by what is near.
Rainer Maria Rilke