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Lowering the bar

June 10, 2014

So, I feel like I’m stepping into a confessional here. Forgive me, readers, it has been… I dunno. Months? Yep. Just checked; months. Since my last post. Today I read another blogger’s post, saying how she blogs in her head all the time but doesn’t actually write, and I thought hey, me too! Then she promised her readers she would blog at least once a week. I told her I was going to try to keep up. I don’t have a good track record with promises like that, but I am awesome at starting over, trying again, looking for a new way through an old problem. So, I’m going to try to keep up for one solid month, as a start. That’s three more posts after this one. I’m not promising they’ll be inspiring or interesting. I’m promising to post *something,* and to risk failure. Or success. They each have their drawbacks.

That seems to be a lesson the universe offers us over and over, that I resist every time. To grow, we need to risk failing. (Or succeeding: we need to risk change.) I took a philosophy class at some considerable expense to my parents when I was in college, but the only philosophical statements I still remember from those years came not from class, but from the Salada tea tags dangling out of my morning cuppa. “If you don’t try, you can’t fail” was one of them that went up on my bulletin board. I mean, I *get* that it isn’t suggesting we don’t try. But isn’t that so often our first reaction? My first reaction, anyway. You are probably way more evolved than I am, or you’re an adrenaline junkie who says yes to everything.

So, my recent soul work has been to make really sure, as life presents me with opportunities to risk, that I look past any initial reluctance for a second possible reaction. Maybe a third… it’s called “discernment” in my line of work, and my next post will explain why I decided to go to trapeze school in March. Stay tuned.

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