The leaves whisper amidst the trees branches reaching out towards the sun. “Lean further! Lean further! You’ve got to lean further to reach the sun!”
And the branches push out and away from their trunks, their arms reaching further and further into the space beyond where they must compete with their brethren to gather sunlight.
And the trunks pull back, rooting themselves deeper and deeper into the ground they know so well. Desperately they fight against gravity, trying to keep their branches from reaching too far. “Too far is dangerous,” they tell the branches. “Lean too far and you will break.”
It is the dance of nature. A never-ending ballet of leaves yearning for light and branches pulling against their roots as they reach for the sun.
It is the dance of life.
Our dreams call us to lean out, further, away from our comfort zones, out beyond the realm of where we tell ourselves we will be safe, into the space beyond all we know, all we believe to be true.
Rooted in our fears, we ground ourselves in the belief to risk change is to lose control of all we know, all we believe to be true.
We cannot change when we stand in the same spot, rooted in our fears.
To change, we must uproot our fears and let courage draw us out of our comfort zones into the vast universe of possibility beyond all we know, all we believe to be true.
Every morning, Beaumont the Sheepadoodle and I pass through the copse of trees in the picture above.
I haven’t noticed before how far they lean out. I have focused instead on the taller trees surrounding them.
This morning, I noticed their stance and the muse bid me to awaken.