Three Truths and One Wish

1. Truth: You are capable of so much more. Whatever you think you can do or have or be, whatever you imagine, your opportunity and potential are so much more than that, so much bigger. Whoever you want to meet, whatever you want to learn, wherever you want to go, whatever you want to accomplish is possible, so invite it, try, at the very least begin to entertain the idea, dream, plan, wish. Take that first step, some tiny action that manifests your intention, focuses your attention.

Of course, things don’t always turn out as we planned, and our imagination is limited, so once we start, we have to keep ourselves open to what arises, not try to force or control an outcome, and be realistic, because you can wish all you want to be a unicorn or meet a hobbit or be a foot taller, but none of those things are going to literally happen. And yet,

I am larger, better than I thought;
I did not know I held so much goodness.
~Walt Whitman

2. Truth: You are already free. All of the limitations and restrictions you put on yourself, your possibility and potential, are of your own creation. You are afraid, so you tell yourself “can’t” or “impossible.” You think you must earn love and belonging (rather than believing it is your birthright), so you tell yourself “should” and “have to” and “no.” You do all this even though the truth is that you are able to try anything and are already enough.

If we cannot give up our lives to something larger than ourselves – to
something larger than the conditioned mind that we imagine is who we
are – then we cannot be free. ~Justin McKay

3. Truth: You are the only thing in your way. If you are waiting for something to happen, stop waiting and happen. Take the first step, make a start, do one small thing. Show up and remain open to the possibility of the moment. Allow your heart, your gut, your intuition, your innate wisdom and compassion, love to guide you. Move out of the way and allow your basic goodness to manifest, as it naturally and organically will if you would only step aside.

You have the freedom to be yourself, your true self, here and now, and nothing can stand in your way. ~Richard Bach

One wish: That we can get out of our own way and realize our full potential. That we can manifest in the world that which we were born to be and do.

3 thoughts on “Three Truths and One Wish

  1. j

    This is beautiful. Lately, I’ve been thinking a lot about the idea of getting out of our own way, what that means and what flows through us when we do. It was one of the most interesting parts of my conversation with Julia on A Human Thing. There’s this sweet place of balance, I think, which you reflect in this post, between releasing control and taking hold of a thing.

    I think the most meaningful parts of our lives – our relationships, our art, our work, our dreams – require both active, conscious effort and a sort of stillness, the openness that allows space for evolution. I imagine that in our super busy, noisy, often mystifying world, the most Zen people are the ones who master that place of tension… without feeling tense.

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  2. Stephanie at Visible and Real

    Such a timely post (yet again). Lots of chew on here….

    I love the progression of the photos, as well. Sparse, like I’m not enough. Then, lots and lots, on top of the frame. Then, a structure that holds and still has space. Amazing.

    Thank you.

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