“And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.”
I first read this quote from Anais Nin when I was in Hawaii in the midst of my own more tragic and less financially fruitful Eat, Pray, Love. It was one of a few I included in my book, because it spoke so directly to me then and still does today.
I have to remind myself about the ‘risk to remain tight in the bud’ almost everyday. Just like most people, I like comfortable; I like cozy. I don’t want to have to put in all the work to stretch myself in different directions all the time. Yet when I remind myself of the people I can make laugh, perhaps brighten their day, or–even loftier, yet not unrealistic–redirect their life, I am presented with a sense of guilt I would carry if I didn’t take that risk to blossom.
I am no pro. My motivation wavers. My “what the hell am I thinking?” visits all the time. Yet, the feedback I’ve gotten from students over the years, clients, readers, and sometimes even strangers, thanking me for being my most authentic self. Well, that right there is enough arsenal to blast away fear, doubt and disbelief.
I leave you with this: Do you have a favorite quote? What, if anything, does it say about you? What do you need to nurture for you to blossom? What are you holding back from the world?
#Onward to freedom