Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life? ~ Mary Oliver

Deep in our soul we each contain knowledge that will lead us along our unique and individual path intuitively, if we listen. Of course, how many of us actually listen? I know for me I typically wait until I feel as though I am pushed against a wall. From the outside everything seems perfectly fine, but inside I am experiencing a chronic case of restlessness and a slight despair that just keeps slinking around in the recesses of my subconscious. The end of Summer generally amplifies these feelings of anxiousness and unease for me. Typically, as Summer starts to fade I find myself standing on tiptoe to see the next horizon, to make sure I am on the ‘right’ path.

This year, I have noticed a definite shift and change in my perspective. I am a lot less restless, and more at peace with the idea that I have no idea what is just around the corner and less anxious about how to navigate the inevitable changes that are dawning on the horizon. I think it is mostly because I have finally begun to listen to the inherent knowledge that my path is simply one step at a time, one deep breath after another and that having faith in myself releases the binding grip of fear.

As I reflect on the lessons of Summer, I am grateful for the following three truths of knowledge that  have continually been exposed for me to explore. Each in its own space has given me the ability to nurture and restore a balance and perspective to what it means to live my extraordinary life. 
The Knowledge of Love
Love completely. Love passionately. Love compassionately. The knowledge that we are capable of huge love moves mountains of fear. With this knowledge and just one single experience (even if it ends in love lost) life is strengthened and fear gives way to extraordinary possibilities.

The Knowledge of Laughter
Deep, shake-the-soul-until-the-eyes-tear-up-and-the-cheeks-are-aching type laughter. Every single day, there is an interaction, or experience that can elicit this response if we embrace it.  Laughter is contagious and the easiest way to change the emotional imprint of a day.

The Knowledge of Courage

Peeling away layers of should haves, what ifs, and expectations reveal a lightness of spirit, and open the soul up to possibility. The knowledge of what comes next is there. Have courage to live from your heart.

These simple truths are actually the driving principles for my one wild and precious life. I have finally begun to realize that it is okay that ‘The Plan’ is just a guideline and dancing along my unique and individual path is a barefoot beach experience some days and a hiking boot glacial expedition on others; but each step puts me that much deeper into the story.

The discovery of one extraordinary piece of knowledge, held deep in our soul often allows the crystal clear sky to peek through, beckoning each of us to stand on the shoulders of summer, unfurl our wings and fly. 

How do you live your one wild and precious life?

6 Responses...

Anonymous says:
August 10, 2012 at 9:50 PM
Yay! Yay! Auntie J!! :) love you huge!
Anonymous says:
August 13, 2012 at 8:24 AM
With love, laughter adventures and my wonderful grand children.
Anonymous says:
August 13, 2012 at 8:52 PM
This is one of THE most beautiful things I have ever read! LOVE, LOVE,LOVE it!
Pam S. says:
August 14, 2012 at 6:46 PM
Janell, I'd love to read more of your work...wonderful...thank you!
Anonymous says:
August 19, 2012 at 7:33 AM
It was the perfect thing to read first thing this morning!
Anonymous says:
August 20, 2012 at 9:47 AM
I love this Janell.. Very beautiful. Words to live by. Bless you! Live, Love, Laugh!@!!! Have a wonderful week. JDM
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