Am I Willing?

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Kung Fu Panda.  Raised by a duck. Judged by his appearance.  Obsessed with a crazy dream. Attempting to live a life others wanted for him.

Do any of us feel like we were raised by ducks; perhaps misunderstood? Trapped in a life that others wanted for us. Where dreams were just far off fantasies; a day dream we didn’t really believe we could ever live?

What am I willing to do to change my life in a radical way?

AM I WILLING to invite my fears up into my awareness.   To heal my fears so that I can begin to believe?  So those day dreams can become my life?

“The only way to ease our fear and be truly happy is to acknowledge our fear and look deeply at its source. Instead of trying to escape from our fear, we can invite it up to our awareness and look at it clearly and deeply.” – Thich Nhat Hanh

AM I WILLING TO radically change my thinking about everything I think I know?

“Progress is impossible without change, and those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything.” – George Bernard Shaw

Am I willing to believe the possibility ….

Anything that annoys me is for teaching me patience.
Anyone who abandons me is
for teaching me how to stand up on my own two feet.
Anything that angers me is
for teaching me forgiveness and compassion.
Anything that has power over me is
for teaching me how to take my power back.
Anything I hate is
for teaching me unconditional love.
Anything I fear is
for teaching me courage to overcome my fear.
Anything I can’t control is
for teaching me how to let go and trust the process.

Perhaps none of this is true.  So what thought brings me the most peace?  Am I willing to stay present in that idea and live it by my actions?

What action right now am I willing to take, to live in, to commit as a mantra every second of every day?  Only this focus, this desire, this action can pluck ideas from my mind and put them into action in my life.

So what life will my actions betray about the life I am really living?  Am I willing to invite that reality up and into my awareness?

What is your inner Kung Fu Panda capable of?

This Post Has 3 Comments

  1. Charlie

    Before a decade ago, I lived a life where no achievement was enough to allow me peace. This went beyond ‘the willing’ to ‘why?’, because whatever height I achieved….there ‘I’ was. It was the ‘I’ I had to address…

  2. Jonathan Fitts

    I imagine that fear plays an integral role in our actions and behaviors, guiding us into reactive or proactive responses. In many ways your thoughts here expound upon the Serenity Prayer as well. Nicely done!

    “I must not fear. Fear is the mind-killer. Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration. I will face my fear. I will permit it to pass over me and through me. And when it has gone past I will turn the inner eye to see its path. Where the fear has gone there will be nothing. Only I will remain.”

    from Dune by Frank Herbert

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