How can wondering be risky? I think it’s because I might find out that I just don’t know something or maybe I’m wrong. Maybe I’ve been making assumptions, passing judgment on others, believing that I know all there is to know, believing that I’m right and you are wrong. Maybe I’ll have to take some action, like apologizing or changing myself – oh, no! Maybe I’ll have to be willing to learn something new. Am I too afraid to risk it or can I find the courage to look at the world with new eyes?
Moving from dependence on alcohol to sobriety has been just like this for me. I went from a place of virtual self-imprisonment to a place where I believed that my human mistakes and imperfections would be forgiven and that I could actually learn something along the way. I learned that being available to reality and to the present created space for me to see just how I fit into this beautiful interdependent web of existence, our world.
It feels so good to be free – to experience my life every day – no matter what comes my way.
May you all experience wonderful joy and spontaneous delight this December.