June 7, 2011by

I love and hate
To write.

Like an insatiable lover
I wish I could hold
without losing
my grip,
she gives only
to take.

It was language
that first drew me
in, first
disclosed to me mystery,
intrigue, the long tail of understanding, and
the grammar of meaning,
a thirst
that will not be quenched until
the last drop of life is squeezed out
of me.

The dialogues of Plato,
images of the mind on the walls of the first
human cave.
The poems of Hölderlin,
chords of harmony echoing
in the halls of being.
Bradbury’s calculating force
lighting fires in the world
of the soul, stories
told now only by the few who remember.
And Borges,
who saw
so deeply into the labyrinth of life
it made his own path straight.

It was language that first drew me in,
revealing and obscuring
it touches.

Inspired by Matt Cheuveront’s Dare to Be Bold prompt for #Trust30:

Our arts, our occupations, our marriages, our religion, we have not chosen, but society has chosen for us. We are parlour soldiers. We shun the rugged battle of fate, where strength is born. – Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Next to Resistance, rational thought is the artist or entrepreneurs worst enemy. Bad things happen when we employ rational thought, because rational thought comes from the ego. Instead, we want to work from the Self, that is, from instinct and intuition, from the unconscious.

A child has no trouble believing the unbelievable, nor does the genius or the madman. Its only you and I, with our big brains and our tiny hearts, who doubt and overthink and hesitate.” – Steven Pressfield, Do the Work

The idea of “being realistic” holds all of us back. From starting a business or quitting a job to dating someone who may not be our type or moving to a new place – getting “real” often means putting your dreams on hold.

Today, let’s take a step away from rational thought and dare to be bold. What’s one thing you’ve always wanted to accomplish but have been afraid to pursue? Write it down. Also write down the obstacles in your way of reaching your goal. Finally, write down a tangible plan to overcome each obstacle.

The only thing left is to, you know, actually go make it happen. What are you waiting for?