Surprises throw me off center. Even good ones can leave me speechless. I never know quite what to do when faced with something I am not expecting.
I used the money to buy a bouquet of flowers. Bright pink ones.
Tomorrow I'm going shopping for a bright pink dress to replace the gold one I returned in February. (February blog http://panpanstudios.blogspot.com/2011/02/spring-cleaning-golden-threads-and.html) I saw the dress I want in a Greenville store back in March, but I wasn't feeling bold enough then to wear pink at that time.
Then, I had swimming lessons.
Take a deep breath. Hold it. Now exhale. Do it again.
Are you ready? Yes, the water's cold. It always feels that way at first.
Wade in slowly. When the water is up to your thighs, remember that swimming is a natural instinct, like walking.
We begin in water. Lean forward...reach your arms in front of you. Your soul will remember this feeling.
Play for a minute. Enjoy the feel of the water. Lean forward. Lean back. Have fun. This you feel okay doing, because the water is shallow. You feel safe. You've been doing this your whole life, really.
But it's not what you came here for.
Exit the pool. Walk around to the far edge...the deep end.
Breath in deeply. Hold it. Exhale. Do it again.
The butterflies in your stomach are natural. Make friends with them. They remind you that you're about to do something bold.
Don't like being in over your head? That's okay. It's frightening to most people. But fears can be conquered. That's thier one beauty.
Remember you are loved. Deeply. You will not drown. Not this time.
Breath in. Hold it. Exhale. Breath in again.
Now...close your eyes...tell yourself that you are bold....and that you've played in the shallow end of the pool for far too long.
Jumping in is a leap of faith.
Loving. Trusting. Hoping. Believing. Living. Being. Take a leap of faith, and jump into these pools.
As Paulo Coehlo states in The Alchemist, "It is the possibility of having a dream come true that makes life interesting." No matter what dreams you have, chances are they won't come true if you just play it safe in the shallow end of the pool. Chances are they might not if you jump in, either.
But when you are bold, the odds are in your favor. Fear and control are no longer your constant companions. Courage takes thier place. And the universe begins to open up.
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