Let your mind go there for a minute – go there, try it on for size, see how it feels.
When your mind wanders, where does it go?
Is that scary for you?
Try it. Just in your mind. Close our eyes, let yourself take a moment of being completely free to be who you want to be, where you want to be, doing what you want to be doing – and for your selfish personal reasons only.
How does that feel?
Is it like being a lost child, an explorer of new worlds, a love story, a horror movie, skinning your knee or breaking your heart? Or, all of those things?
Our mind can wander, but mostly our body stays the same – what it is, where it is. And then we come back from wandering to realize we haven’t really gone anywhere or done anything.
When your mind wanders, wherever it goes, what does that say to you? Is it the revelation of an unfulfilled dream, mindless fantasy or a calling to change your life?
Change to what, for what, in spite of what?
There is no beginning or end of life – between beginning and end, our own middle has this profound importance and power Linda Ellis describes – fabulous land of opportunity, that dash between our dates.
Our dash, that profoundly important location, is more than just a piece of mental real estate, it is a genuine playing field, it invites every capacity we possess for joy, for achievement, for gut-wrenching emotion and the capacity to make differences in the lives of others.
Be bold, be more daring.
written / published from Calgary, AB
morning walk: -4C/24F, another same clear morning just like the one before it … Gusta made me laugh – she completely missed the antics of a rabbit up ahead of us (maybe I should get her eyes checked?) until we got there a minute later, the rabbit having already scampered away, when Gusta’s nose led her on a schizoid-like chase of that scent … all part of her dash!
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