There is a river flowing now very fast.
It is so great and swift that there will be those who will be afraid.
They will try to hold onto the shore.
The elders say we must let go of the shore,
and push off and into the river,
keep our eyes open, and our head above the water.
See who is there with you...and celebrate.*
It was a perfect day to be on the North Sea, there was every reason to get out on the water, and to let go of the shore.
But there are other times we cling to the shore...and shouldn't. Those times are never about personal safety, which, of course, would be sensible.
They are about, for whatever reason, the unwillingness to make the effort.
|Dickmont's Den...at full flood.|
The fullest experience of life, after all, comes with participation, not spectatorship.
The alternative is to fuss and fret about the consequences of leaving the comfort zone, the "shore" - and ending up settling for less than life offers.
We must never tempt "regret".
Dreams need to be nurtured with confidence and expectation - there is usually a way to fulfil them. Even in the trying, there is a sense of satisfaction and the discovery of new sources of meaning.
A compass, a horizon, and the faint image of a destination are all any of us really need to entice us on. They bring us the magic and mystery of unexplored places.
Taking that counsel has a way of satisfying the hunger for adventure.
|Tortilla, home-made hummus, lettuce, and chunky-crunchy Ploughman's (Heinz) pickle...mmmm!|
Roz Savage, world record holder for ocean rowing (the Atlantic, Pacific, and Indian oceans) writes, "I believe that if you don't keep pushing the boundaries, keep expanding your comfort zone, your comfort zone actually gets smaller and smaller, until you're shrink-wrapped in such a tiny comfort zone that you can't move, you can't achieve anything, you can't grow."
Roz, and the Hopi elders were right, we have to be willing to leave the shelter of what's comfortable, let go of the shore...and choose to grow.
|Safely inside a cave, with a view to where we need to be.|
* Part of a statement by the Hopi Nation elders (Oraibi, Arizona, June 8, 2000)