“It is our choices that show what we really are far more than our abilities.”
One of the most valuable lessons I have learned is the Power of choice. A clear understanding that we always have a choice. That choices are infinitely offered to us. Every day, and in each moment. I have met many humans through my life who share this feeling of being “stuck”. I too, know this feeling all too well.
How many times have we stayed in a relationship, a job, an apartment because we felt stuck? Like our only choice was to stay, frozen, stagnant. We felt stuck because making another choice or choosing something different was terrifyingly unknown?
Well, imagine this. Imagine that you’re standing, stuck, at the edge a tall cliff. You stand here, gazing upon a vast ocean. This ocean represents endless possibility. This infinite, beautiful ocean is inviting you in. Asking you to jump. You can feel its pull within your body. It wraps around your heart and you can feel it draw you forward, asking you to trust, to surrender. This feeling is real, alive. You can feel the dew of crashing waves on your skin and you inhale its gentle, salty breeze. You can taste its opportunity on your lips. This sensation gives you a rush that rises to your skin and manifests upon your flesh. It’s electric, magnetic; this is desire. This is your life. This is God. This is opportunity and new beginnings daring you to jump. To take a chance. To make an action. You have a choice. Jump? Or stay where you are?
But you stand still. Waiting. Listening. Deciding what to do. And as you ponder this brave act of courage, the possibility of jumping, your rational mind begins to explain its case.
“It’s too high, the water is too cold, there could be big scary sea monsters just below the surface, you will drown and die”.
All very understandable inhibitions.
But what if this wasn’t true? What if the ocean actually wanted to catch you? And it was warm? And it could carry you to a magical shore of mermaids and sea shells and beauty? What if actually, all you had to do was take a step forward? What if there was a ledge, just beyond the edge of the cliff that would guide you along a path? A path that seems impossibly real because all you can see is how big, how unknown, how vast the ocean is before you?
I have found myself at the edge of said cliff countless times. And time and again I find myself looking so far ahead, into hypothetical situations of my own, creative mind that I fail to notice a small ledge just below the cliff. Or I have overlooked the possibility of being caught, held, and guided to safety. I cannot claim that I have always jumped; that I have always had faith in the ocean, or God, or even myself. However, I have learned that if I do choose to jump there always seems to be this safe, unnoticed, unprecedented soft landing just below my point of view. Some miraculous, magical opportunity that I didn’t realize existed.
I see this soft landing as opportunity. A path that leads us, propels us forward. Toward passion. Faith. Confidence in our choices. Infinite possibility.
In fact, this ledge has inevitably always led me to a path. A path I wasn’t capable of anticipating with in my own consciousness.
If I were to receive everything I want for myself. Every dream, every goal, every idea that I can create in my mind, I’d be selling myself short. Why? Because there is so, so much more. So much that I cannot see. That I cannot create in my consciousness because it is greater than any rational, pre-planned, anticipated hypothetical outcome.
It is the power of choice that sets me free. Of choosing to take a chance, a leap of faith. Of choosing to jump from the cliff into opportunity. To surrender to the internal pull of temptation. Of leaning into fear of what is unknown and allowing the Universe, or God, or Goddess, or Creator to guide us to shore. To reveal the small ledge and to amaze us with its inherent power.
Every minute of every day we have a choice. Will you choose to stay stuck? Or will you choose to jump?