Updated: 3 days ago
Integrity is hard.
Bravery in the face of power is hard.
Staying aligned and true to your values in the face of people and systems who hold “power over” you in some way is exceedingly challenging.
This is why change is so hard.
We want to be our true selves. Find our alignment with our true purpose.
And we are beholden to so many systems that benefit from our entrapment.
Stepping out of those systems is radical, terrifying, and requires so much courage.
That's what change is.
Change is standing up and saying:
“Enough. This is not my life. This is not me. This is not my truth.”
And then, in a way, you just have to show up and bring the thunder.
Even if it scares you to death.
Even if you're shaking in your bones.
Even if you want to puke.
Even if you're going to make people feel very very uncomfortable.
Even if you realize it might light a fire, and sometimes it might burn a bridge.
When you take steps to stand in alignment with who you really are.
When you start to do what you're really meant to be doing.
And show up how you're meant to show up in the world.
It most often means stepping out of the pictures, systems, beliefs, and dogmas that you have been conditioned to, and staking out unclaimed ground in terrain you've never seen or felt before.
The decision to make the leap is the pivot moment, no, the revolt from, who you've been because of your external conditions, to the person you want to become despite the external conditions.
That's when you step into your truth.
That's when you find space for creativity and exploration.
That's when you give yourself permission to be exactly who you were born to be.
It is not for the weak or faint-hearted.
And it's also not for those who always seem “brave”.
It's for those of you who feel a burning desire within you that's right at the edge of fear and exhilaration.
I'm reminded of the advertisement said to have been placed by Earnest Shackleton recruiting people for the expedition to Antarctica:
“MEN WANTED for hazardous journey. Low wages, bitter cold, long hours of complete darkness. Safe return doubtful. Honour and recognition in event of success.”
I'd revise it like this:
“Brave souls wanted for inner journey. Resistance, fear and uncertainty on the path. Once through, you'll never return. Profound insight and awakening for those who leap to the edge of change and trust.”
Bring the thunder.
Make your leap.
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