While reality stares at us intensely, we realize that life unfolds in its own way. Our only choice is to embrace the uncertainties and continue our work.
Reverb is a wonderful community. In December last year, I participated in many of the daily Reverb prompts, and they triggered good thoughts, smart self-reflection, and meaningful intentions. Moving forward this year, monthly prompts are sent. The May prompt asked, essentially, are any of the things you wanted to happen happening?
The question is a checkpoint one. Are you doing what you said you were going to do?
It is a good question to ask, yet it is one in which the answers can be frustrating and a little discouraging. There is always more progress to be made, yet so many things get in the way. There are work challenges, family issues, environment changes, unexpected barriers, prolonged dependencies, and the list clutters up quickly with all the unplanned things growing faster than the planned ones.
Everything I wanted to happen is not happening as I would like them to happen. We pace in seemingly endless layered circles, never really moving forward, just moving into a new loop of fruitless activity.
And then the unexpected startles us. We feel a sense of calm. We see the path forward. We hear the encouraging words. We smell the bloom of an opportunity unfolding. We grasp what we have been working so hard on.
In the dust of uncertainty and the sweat of effort, the momentum of our work begins to show, and we step over, around, or through the challenges that have popped up along the way. We deal with things. Things begin to happen. The plan we had may not be in the crisp condition it was at the start, but anything worthwhile to pursue takes on added character as real conditions form around as we put the actions into action.
Being in the arena is the only way good stuff happens. Watching a game is never like playing the game, so we must jump in and do.