“Nothing will ever be attempted, if all possible objections must first be overcome.”
Dr. Samuel Johnson
“Take time to deliberate; but when the time for action arrives, stop thinking and go in.”
A bit of an overkill on quotes today. Sorry. But not having written for two weeks or more, I just got flooded with quotes I wanted to share. All of the above are of a piece. And of a piece that makes total sense to me and my current process. Thus, of course, I must share all!
First I want to apologize for no head’s up about my time out from sharing with all of you wonderful people who read what I love to write! Excuse number one: my computer gave me great grief, which in the end was only the need for new batteries for the key board. But it did indeed have me stumped. Second, I have been in Kalamazoo, Michigan, attending to condo business. What fun! What challenge. What satisfaction.
I saw the huge hole being dug and am assured as soon as there are several days in a row of fairly warm and definitely dry weather the cement will be poured for the foundation. The foundation for my new life in Michigan will soon be ready for the frame of my new home and new worlds to love, delight in and explore.
I have so much to share about new and beginning, about the United States, about a terrific book I have almost finished reading, about making changes and growing and learning and truly loving and enjoying life. And, of course, somewhere along the way it would be good for me to connect my quotes with what I am writing. I may, in fact, leave that to you and just go with what is flooding out of my heart and into my fingers.
I have been deliberating, now I am going in! Going in with a bang and a hurrah, and abundant hope for connection, love, kindness, and growth. I am growing. I am gaining in confidence and finding the truth of wisdom I have accumulated and assimilated over the past several decades. If you have read earlier blogging that I have done about my reluctance to leave Canada, a country I value, trust and appreciate, and return to the United States where I have felt fear and of which I express disapproval; I am prepared to say that I can not wait for all possible objections to be overcome before I decide to go in with a bang.
I still object. I still want equality for women, education and jobs for the poor, kindness and welcome for differences, peace and hope and safety for everyone. No change in my feelings about any of that. But I am growing in hope. I choose to not be afraid and I am ready to set aside negative and notice and share positive. I am letting go of reasons why it is difficult to make the move to Kalamazoo, Michigan and focusing with joy and excitement about the adventure of this return to where I raised my four children 40 years ago.
One of the many things that helped me settled with comfort into a fine warm coat of faith and forward thinking is reading a book written by and attending an interview with Kareem Abdul-Jabbar while in Michigan. I will write at greater length and depth in Going Out On A Limb about that sometime later. Suffice it to say the book has a great deal of wisdom and is easy to read. He has helped me make better sense out of what is happening in the United States and has suggestions, even imperatives, about what must happen to change all of that. Not the least of which is educate and find jobs for the poor so they will have enough self esteem to vote!
Stop thinking and go in, says Andrew Jackson. So timely for me. No longer useful to worry, search, seek, wonder, fear……just DO it. Yes!
DO it for me means, move from my precious Canada to my precious birth country. Be pro active, leave fear behind, remember kindness and share hope. Write, laugh, love, walk, sing, read, talk, share. All the precious things in life that make me who I am and make life the adventure it was meant to be.
- I am grateful for my 10 days in Kalamazoo and all I learned and all I accomplished.
- I am grateful for the help and support I am receiving from family and friends.
- I am grateful for Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’s thoughtful and thought provoking book.
- I am grateful for the glorious sun shine today.
- I am exceedingly grateful for the safe drive to and from Michigan
- I am grateful for lovely contact with precious long time friends today at brunch
- I am grateful for my life