Taking the Risk to Blossom

John Maxwell said “If we’re growing, we’re always going to be out of our comfort zone.”  And we can all probably identify times when we had to choose between growth and comfort.

Habits, sameness and routine are good for bringing that comfortable, “I-got-this” feeling – always knowing what’s coming, no surprises.  But dreams, aspirations and goals – the human way Intention fulfills itself – drive us to reach beyond comfort and into new fulfillment and creativity and promise:  expansion.

Expansion is a law of the Universe.   Intention offers abundance and grace and evolution to us as we expand through our own ideas and possibilities.  Reluctance to awaken to our own fulfillment of potential can be a little “flag” asking us why we’re holding back and taking ourselves out of the flow of new, preferring the illusion of safety to the gratification of possibility.

At those times – when we’re asked to reach a little more, push a bit beyond the line, see what we can wake up on the other side – overcoming our own inertia is our biggest hurdle.  That’s when we realize what Anais Nin meant when she said “…and the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.”

Here’s to taking a risk on the blossom.

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