Imagine that we’re standing here together, you and I, on a high point overlooking a vast and beautiful wilderness, feeling the freedom. Notice that this is a moment out in the future, and we’re looking out over the amazing territory we’ve come through together.
From here, we can see the trails we’ve gone down, the peaks we’ve climbed, the places we’ve camped, and the streams we’ve crossed.
There are moments that stand out – a long, dry, dusty trail, a beautiful meadow, a cold frosty morning.
How very amazing it’s all been.
And now we’re standing here, taking it in. Feeling the moment. Breathing it in
Remember when we started this journey together?
I remember that day. We were brand new to each other, and there was so much emotion! Excitement, trepidation, curiosity.
There was some pretty good fear, of course, and a lot of trust.
There was trust on both of our parts.
You were putting a lot of trust in me, and I had a tremendous amount of trust in you.
I had told you my story. The story of my early boldness, the things I had done, and my slow process of losing that part of me. How I started playing it safe. How without really noticing, little by little I had stopped being that old version of me. I was depressed, flat and frustrated.
I told you about that big day, the day everything came to a boil and my frustration finally got stronger than my fear. That day I said – I can’t, I WON’T not do this anymore.
I will not settle, any longer, for anything less than a fully engaged life.
I WILL regain my willingness to be bold.
I will get back my sense of feeling vibrantly alive.
I will speak up, take risks, make a difference.
You had your own personal story, of course. Our stories differed in the details, but the general outline was the same.
We felt the same frustration, and wanted the same thing.
You were just as determined as I had been, to be way more of who you really are.
I told you some of the things I had learned, about how to get there. I described how I see it as a journey through a wilderness inside ourselves.
You could see how comfortable I had gotten in this place, and how much I had come to love it. And I described the ways in which doing so had changed my life.
I offered to help you get to know it too.
So you could experience this freedom for yourself.
I guess that sounded good.
You decided to trust me.
And look at where we’re standing now. We did it.
This territory of our inner world fascinates me.
Exploring it in the way I have, both with powerful wise guidance and on my own, has brought me to a deep and abiding trust.
I trust life. Beyond a shadow of a doubt, I trust that on our journey life will bring us exactly what we need.
I trust myself, and that I can handle what comes.
I trust you, that you are just as capable as I am.
And I trust that together we can create more true freedom to be exactly who we are.
Before we set off on the journey, we made a fundamental agreement.
Our agreement was to focus on what we could learn. We set the intention to quiet our very human and very protective desire to know everything, and instead, to focus on being curious and willing to open up to the not-knowing.
Off we went.
Sometimes we’d be going up a steep slope with no trail, and I’m sure there were times you doubted whether there was ever going to be a top to this mountain.
But there always was. And every time we reached a summit, the next climb was easier because you had the personal experience that it was worth what it took to get where you wanted to go.
- Going down is not necessarily easier than going up, it’s just different and takes different preparation.
- Trying to be the strong, silent one isn’t always the smartest way to handle a blister…that taking a few minutes to put your feet in a cold stream actually could save days of misery.
- You can make a long climb easier by noticing the wildflowers instead of focusing on the dust.
- There’s actually nothing to prove. It’s a lot more fun to take it easy instead of always pushing through.
- You absolutely have the capacity to make something happen, when you really want it.
In the end we all learn more about our capacity.
Now we’re standing here, appreciating what it meant to go through that wilderness, and what we gained from doing it.
Remember how scary it was to start, and how easy it would have been to say, Oh, that is a lot of trouble. I don’t actually need to do that. I’m fine. I’m good, really. It’ll be cold, harsh, too many mosquitoes. I’ll just stay here in my normal life.
We chose expansion.
And look at what we got. Look at where we’re standing together.
Feel it, down to your toes. I can tell just by looking at you, just by being here with you, that there’s a solid, grounded sense of yourself that just wasn’t there before. I know that you know – you can feel – that the old fear has lost its grip.
Things will never be the same again.
Sure, there’s plenty more territory inside that you haven’t explored yet.
The difference is that now you know, in every cell of your being, that you have the courage and the capacity to do so.
This is true freedom.
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