Flying When You Believe You're Falling
“To be fully alive, fully human, and completely awake is to be continually thrown out of the nest.”
― Pema Chodron
I used to want a life that was - predictable. It felt secure. I thought that if I did everything right, followed the rules, talked the talk, that my life would work out just grand. Thank goodness that life had other plans for me. I think I would’ve died on the vine as it were, bored to death by the abdication of my life to outside forces.
I've lost count of how many times I’ve been “thrown out of the nest”. Each time I’m ripped from anything I could be attached to, I flail, scream, cry and hold my own pity party until I get bored of it. Each time it lasts less and less time.
I now put little energy into the dramas that awaken the shadow in me, recognizing that what is lost was not really mine and that every challenge is another doorway to an unpredictable adventure where I choose whether I fly or fall.
Contentment is a prison, keeping me smaller than I truly am, stopping me from the freedom that life invites me to experience. Naturally being human I don’t mind a good amount of contentment. It’s a nice place to be after all. Yet, something in me will eventually notice the illusion, even when I know I’m challenging myself each and every day to live fully.
What I learned is this.
Only by being thrown out of the nest can we find our wings.
They are always there waiting for the moment to lift you high up to the sky and soar.
Trust that when things happen that rock your world, don’t run.