January 14, 2018
"Is it better to be safe and strong, or to be free and joyful?" asks the little boy of his Grandmother, once she's finished the story of Wolf and Songbird.
It may seem like a silly question -- one that Grandmother, in all her wisdom, can easily recognize as a trick.
... But aren't we all asking ourselves some version of this question, with every decision we make?
Do I stick with the comfortable salary and benefits -- OR do I risk going out on my own?
Do I work hard to squirrel away resources -- OR do I use them to enjoy and experience life?
Do I pursue material security and success -- OR do I opt for purpose and satisfaction?
In terms of what we allow ourselves to imagine -- too often we freeze within the boundaries of an EITHER/OR scenario.
And before we're even ABLE to recognize the trick or look for a way around it, we end up falling for the trap of a false duality.
You can either be killing it at work -- OR you can spend time with your loved ones.
You can either make good money -- OR you can have a positive impact.
You can either reduce your carbon footprint -- OR you can travel the world.
And on and on, to infinity. But here's the thing:
Wherever we stop short of calling on our imaginations; every boundary appears unyielding.
Every door will stay shut -- except the ones you get curious about.
Every breakthrough starts with a sense of wonder, a willingness to ask what if...?
But if you never even dare to ask the question;
Then you can never really hope to know or understand the immense, world-making power of your own creativity.
And you will go through life blind to one of your greatest, most UN-OUT-SOURCE-able assets.
So, maybe it's not a silly question.
Maybe, as a gift to the rest of us:
What if you dared to imagine -- in whatever arena of life feels most urgent to you -- that instead of having to choose... you could have BOTH?
Before you jump to "impossible" -- what about a starting assumption of possible?
What would it look like for you, to honor both the Wolf at your door -- AND the Songbird in your soul?