(Picture: me and my mother, Maria, the most influential trailblazer in my life)
I’ve been thinking a lot lately about trailblazers, women in particular. I feel awe and inspiration when I think about women who are fully out with who they are and who are making an impact on the world. When I think about their lives it makes me reflect upon and question my own life. Sometimes I feel like I’m not doing enough. I have a deep longing to make a difference in the inner life, the spiritual life, of others. I’m less concerned with gains that are material in nature. Sure, it’s nice to have nice things and to see the world improve materially, but I like helping people expand their consciousness so they can become who they are meant to become—without self-judgment and without projecting their shadows and fears onto the world. For me to be fulfilled and to live out my purpose, I need to act boldly and I need to do it now.
During our meditation group this week, Jeff read the following piece about wisdom written by Barbara Brown Taylor:
Wisdom is not gained by knowing what is right. Wisdom is gained by practicing what is right, and noticing what happens when that practice succeeds and when it fails. Wise people do not have to be certain what they believe before they act. They are free to act, trusting that the practice itself will teach them what they need to know. (An Altar in the World, 2009, p. 14)
This is a great reminder for me because sometimes I sit back and wait thinking that the right answer will come to me, when in reality, what I have to do is act. Act and trust that I will grow in wisdom from taking the next step, even when I feel afraid. I encourage you to do the same. Whenever you feel stuck, whenever you are confused, don’t try to figure out in your head what to do. Just take a step in the direction you feel is best and be ready for what comes next. Regardless of the outcome, you will gain a deeper understanding of yourself and the creative power that lies deep inside you. Be brave. Be bold. And, remember to have fun!