Passion, plans and wiggle room #100sharesproject 14/100

 

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If you’re doing something new you’ve got to have a vision. You’ve got to have a perspective. You’ve got to have some north star you’re aiming for, and you just believe somehow you’ll get there, which kind of gets to the passion point.

~Steve Case~

Monday 2 May 2016

14/100

I received a beautiful heart-felt email last week full of searching and great questions.  This little piece of the letter struck a chord with me.

“So, as per my wandering heart, I want to choose something that gives me a little more wiggle room!

I have gone back and forth so much that I feel like I am becoming a gold-medal gymnast balancing between these two ideas! You don’t have to decide for me; I think i know which one I really want to do, but I need to know from you, I guess, if I am being selfish or simply taking a leap of faith into an unknown?”

Boy do I understand!  I love a good plan.  And a clear path.  And some wiggle room!  It’s been my experience that life rarely hands us barrier free paths or unlimited margin.  Here’s a part of my response:
So here I am on Monday at 5:37 sitting in my favorite restaurant waiting for Rands and finally sitting down to answer your letter.

Here’s the bottom line.  

[since we’re skipping small talk and getting to the thing.]

You aren’t selfish.

Passions tell us much about where we’re supposed to be.  And while our passion isn’t necessarily the best indicator of timing or path, I do believe it is the North Star and a compass all rolled into one.  

Our passions point the way.

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If I’m sifting this all correctly, the tension for you is between the option that makes sense and the option filled with unknowns, that is down an alternative path. [That you also fear is selfish because it’s in alignment with your dreams.]

Let me repeat.  You’re not selfish.

I think that we get confused when ease of path, what makes sense, and blessing from others become definers of whether or not we’re on the right path.

The true measure of the right path is found in Intimacy and Listening and Being in Alignment.

Perhaps I’m speaking from my perspective of 30 years of alternative path.  Or maybe I know that there are glorious pay offs in walking off path and forging your own way. Tremendous clarity comes when you listen to your heart.  [this definition of heart]

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Trust yourself.  Because you can trust the mystery of the Spirit at work in you.

Listen to your passions.

Be courageous and true to what you know even if it looks selfish.

May your passions point the way.

BE in your life,

Betsy

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  • Alys Seay

    Words of life!!

  • “I think that we get confused when ease of path, what makes sense, and blessing from others become definers of whether or not we’re on the right path.

    The true measure of the right path is found in Intimacy and Listening and Being in Alignment.”

    yes, yes, and yes.

    and reminding people that they aren’t selfish. yes.