It happens every year. A page of the calendar turns and a New Year begins and in its arrival, we look back to find the markers for where we went off track, stayed the course or simply held still throughout the year. We make a list of things we want to do, achieve, create in the year to come and set off with good intentions.
Two years ago, I began this blog with the intention of writing about something that made a difference everyday in my life. It could be something I did or someone else did, some one I met or heard about, or something I learned that touched me and made me different, or made the world a better place.
Last year I focused on rejoicing in the difference and, as you will see by this year’s title, I’ve switched it up again and moved from focussing on difference making to the art of boldly living on the brave side of life outside the box.
Life is the art of daring to colour outside the lines. To get outside my comfort zone, I must dare boldly. I must set myself free of self-judgments and limited thinking that would hold me captive to playing it small and safe. To live bravely I must dare to leap beyond the comfort of the familiar to take the road less travelled.
There is no box outside my comfort zone. No four walls that define me, no pre-conceived condition for the journey. There is only the daring to find my unique path, my authentic creative expression.
There is no box.
No matter how fast I may hold to the notion that there is comfort in the familiar, to dare boldly I must seek my answers in the realm of the unknown. I must breathe into the possible without constraining my thinking by the impossible, without limiting my actions by the known.
I will be challenged by this. I will be shaken up, twisted and contorted. It is not comfortable outside the invisible markers of ‘the box’. This is no man’s land. Unknown territory. In my fear of stepping out, of leaping blindly, I will want to turn back, to grasp onto or not let go of what I know. I will seek the comfort of the familiar to hide my fear the magic and wonder that can happen when I am free-styling through life.
These things I know about myself. These things I know I will attempt to do to keep myself from moving too far away from the guideposts of my well-worn path. It’s not that this path is awful, or bad, or even unsuitable. It’s just, I know that in playing it safe within ‘the box’ of my qualified life, I hold myself back from fearless creative expression.
And I want to express myself fearlessly and fiercely. And I can’t do that inside a box. I can’t express myself fully inside the lines.
These are things I know.
What I don’t know is what is possible when I let go of ‘the known’ to allow magic and wonder to be my guides. What I can’t see is what can appear when I stop looking for what I recognize and make room for intuition to grace my every moment.
I’m on a journey.
Like explorers of old I don’t have a map but I am well-equipped for this journey. There are my markers I know I must hold true to — my values and principles that I cannot compromise on. I know that no matter what, no matter where I go, I must commit acts of grace in everyday living. Small acts that contribute to creating a kinder, more caring, loving and compassionate world where ever I go. I know that I must live with integrity, speak my truth, be present and stay unattached to the outcome. I know that I must create better. Be fair and do no harm.
And I know that I must be loving and kind.
I am excited. I hope you will join me as I travel this road unknown. I hope that in our journeying together we will discover what it means to Dare boldly and live bravely.
And in the process, I hope that together, we’ll find the difference we make creates a world we all want to live in.