This Davide Whyte passage came into my awareness this week and I just knew I had to pass it on to you.
“Why is it so difficult to take that first, necessary, close-in, courageous step to reclaiming our happiness in life? Perhaps, because taking that step leads to a kind of radical internal simplification, where, suddenly, large parts of us, parts of us we have kept gainfully employed for years, often rehearsing the old story, are suddenly out of a job.
“There occurs, in effect, a form of internal corporate downsizing, where the parts of us that do not wish to participate or have nothing now to offer are let go, with all of the accompanying death-like trauma, and where the last fight occurs, a rear guard disbelief that this new, less complicated self, is all that is needed for the new possibilities ahead.
“It is always hard to believe that the courageous step is so close to us, that it is closer than we ever could imagine, that in fact, we already know what it is, and that the step is simpler, more radical than we had thought: which is why we so often prefer the story to be more complicated, our identities clouded by fear and the answer safely in the realm of impossibility.”
I find myself at a crossroads in several situations where I can see how I need to downsize the parts I’ve employed for years to tell me my old story. They don’t want to go. I’m reluctant to fire them. But we all know the change is necessary. I’m scared of who I might be without that story. Dropping masks and armor is pretty terrifying. I know, though, that doing so will open up a world of possibility and love.