I recently wrote about the importance and power of believing in miracles. The last decade represents a true spiritual awakening in my life and an openness to positive belief systems–but never before had it been tested the way it was tested this past week. I had no space for uncertainty. Simply put, developing a positive belief mindset was no longer just about me–it was about helping to save my father’s life.
And it worked.
A miracle came through. Three days ago my father– a young, athletic, and overall unlikely stroke patient– finally popped his eyes open– after over a week of being in and out of consciousness due to a hemmorhage in the right parietal lobe and motor cortex of his brain. As of today he was fully awake and able to freely move his right side.
This whole experience with my dad and watching how he and his wife of three years–my amazing angel of a step-mom– interact, has given rise to an observation within me that I have never before thought about: the risks of love.
To fully love someone is to open your heart in a way that says, “No matter WHAT happens, we are in this together.” This applies to romantic love, familial love, and the love that is shared between friends.
This also applies to the love of a business owner for their budding new entrepreneurial baby.
Or the love of a competitive athlete for their sport.
Or the love of an amateur trying a new, long-desired hobby.
Opening your heart to things outside of your personal control–people, businesses, competitions–is risky.
So why bother? Why step into that kind of uncertainty?
We take risks because they are worth it. My dad can’t speak yet (I have faith that he will be able to very soon!) but can communicate with a thumbs up and thumbs down. I said to him, “You are so lucky to have her, aren’t you?” I said as I gestured to my step-mom. He responded with a VERY enthusiastic thumbs up. She gazed at him, in his half-paralyzed state, connected to tubes and wires and lines, and said with a loving smile, “I am so lucky to have him!!”
I risked a rewarding and successful career in academia to pursue an even more rewarding and even more successful career as a mentor, teacher, and coach. Sacrificing employer benefits, association with a prominent institution, and the recognition brought by peer-reviewed publication, I risked it all–amidst a sea of uncertainty– to pursue a more heart-centered path that fulfills me by helping people directly and profoundly, not to mention that has ultimately filled my bank account much more prominently than my academic career ever did.
And what about you?
Is there an area of your life in which you wish you could take a risk, stepping out of your comfort zone, but your uncertainty is holding you back? Can you resolve, even for just one day, to imagine how it would feel to take the plunge? To love more? To try more? To BE more?
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Have a beautiful day, many blessings to all, and Namasté.