WHERE ARE YOU STANDING?

WHERE ARE YOU STANDING?

Another IPS (Inner Peace Symptom):  an understanding that your own truth is based on what you feel or deduce from where you stand.  [So then the question becomes:  Where are you standing?]

It’s the human dilemma, it seems to me:  we each have this spark of the Creative in there and it demands that we do Something to deliver the gift that each of us is to the World.  There is even a built-in expiration date on the thing.  (We only get a certain amount of time here in the World, after all.)

It’s not that there aren’t guideposts, and training manuals and how-to books, and tapes, and organizations galore that are perfectly willing to tell you which way to go.  Everybody has an opinion, everybody has The Right Way.  Uh-huh.

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“Stand” by Go to See This World Through Lenses via Flickr [CC BY-NC-ND 2.0]

GETTING ON WITH YOUR OWN DANCE

It seems to me that the only thing that’s worth anything in all the blather is knowing that you are free to do whatever you want to do, just like everybody else.  It is a good starting point.

You get to choose which way you go from where you’re standing.  The rest of it you make up as you go along.

It does work better if you listen to your own heartsong.  It gets right lively if you dance when you can.  (Trudging along with your head down tends to be so disheartening.)

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“Movement 9” by Pedro Martin via Flickr [CC BY-NC-ND 2.0]

Since you’re just the messenger, the gift you are holding is the important thing in all this.  Your  job is to make your delivery.  The world is waiting on you.  (If you step on too many toes, of course, there will be consequences and you’ll either handle them or not, but that’s just another part of the story.)

Your delivery-man  or -woman journey probably goes better if you can find your own way to dance.  Dreams and visions are a part of that journey.  Where you go and what you do is all on you.

WHAT IF YOU’RE A NON-STARTER?

It is always an option to be a non-starter.  You could just say no to all that effort and trying and turn your back on your mission.  Of course you can.  You’re free, remember?

The biggest problem you encounter when you give up on your visions and your dreams is that you will probably end up dissipating all this good energy that became available to you when you first started out.  When you decide to just give up, you are very likely to end up standing there in the middle of the road, scratching your head wondering how you’re supposed to share this gift you know you’re carrying.

RECURRING OBSTACLES AND OBSTRUCTIONS

The other thing about this journey is that, invariably, no matter which direction you choose to take, there will be a really big ball of knotted strings — your if-thens and your maybes and your buts and your can’ts — right in the middle of this road you’ve decided you’re supposed to be traveling down.

It is huge, this ball.  It blocks the whole road.  You’ll probably have to push that ball out of the way so you can get on down the road you’ve chosen to take.  (Every time you stop to take a breather, that stupid ball’s probably going to materialize right in the middle of your road again.  It’s what it does.)  It is H-A-R-D.  Yes, it is.

And every time the ball comes back and you’re standing there feeling disgruntled, you have to decide again:  Go on?  Stop?  Turn around?  Take the time to try to dismantle the ball (and watch it morph into some other recurring obstruction) or just keep on heading towards your dream?

You know, if you do give up on dreaming and visioning and all that and refuse to enter into or continue onward in the fray, it’s possible that you will get to be a rock that sort of sits there eroding in the wind and the wet.  Just part of the landscape.  Somebody may come along and turn you into a piece of a wall or something.  Maybe you’ll get to be part of some other road.

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“Beach Rocks on Koki Beach” by Adam Theo via Flickr [CC BY-NC 2.0]
Maybe that’s okay.  You’re useful.  You’re doing something.  And then you’re dead.  Right.

Or maybe you can transform yourself into a leaf floating down a stream, just cruising and looking pretty, bumping into things.  You’re already dying, but it’s a sunny day and it’s okay. Nothing much happens.

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“Mango Leaves in Ching’s Pond” by Forest and Kim Starr via Flickr [CC BY 2.0]
You party with all the other leaves or sit around telling each other things and all that.  It’s cool.  Then you sink down under the water and turn to sludge.  Right.

A BETTER WAY

There’s got to be a better way, don’t you think?  Here are some thoughts from motivational speaker Iyanla Vazant, speaking at the 2014 ESSENCE Music Fest, a “party with a purpose” that started in 1994 as a one-time event to celebrate the 25th anniversary of Essence, a magazine aimed primarily toward African-American women.

It’s a YouTube video, “Iyanla Vanzant On Creating a New Life Vision,” published by Essence in 2014.

The Essence Fest, as it’s known locally in New Orleans, has become the largest event celebrating African-American culture and music in the United States.

And here’s a poem:


 DARING TO DANCE THE TIDE

Daring to dance the tide.

(Won’t reach my dream-place ‘less I try.)

 

Daring to dance the tide.

(No question ’bout it,

Those scary waves are so very high!)

 

Daring to dance the tide.

(Stomach in knots but my hands are steady,

My heart’s already sailing on,

Going high and wide.)

 

Daring to dance the tide.

(Hey, heart!

Wait for me!

Here I come….

Hoo-hoo!

What a ride!)

by Netta Kanoho

Header picture credit:  “Maui Sunrise” by Angela Sevin via Flickr [CC BY-NC 2.0]

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12 thoughts on “WHERE ARE YOU STANDING?

  1. This created a new perspective for me. Most of the times we fall into other peoples expectations of us, and forget what we truly value. That plagued me for a long time, my parents wanted me to fall into the family traditions. But it wasn’t my interest, so i finally did my own thing. I put distance between us but i don’t regret my decision. Thanks for your article, very helpful.

    1. Hey Garrett:

      Thank you for your visit and for sharing your story. I’m glad the thing helps. Please do come again.

  2. Ronnie Jordan says:

    This is so true to me. We all have a purpose that lasts only a lifetime. What are you going to do within that time is what you have to offer. I myself am of a competitive nature. So it is hard for me to be swayed. We all have been blessed with having a choice. Same as when it comes to God are you going to choose good or evil. There is a mission for all of us. Whether we choose to not fulfill it is by your own choice. This was a good article to awaken ones mind.

    1. Hey Ronnie: Thank you for your visit and your comments. Please do come again….

  3. Very thought provoking, Netta. I like the imagery of being a rock, or a leaf on the tide, but best of all I like the idea of dancing through whatever happens. I’m not sure if that was your intention, but that’s what I took away from it. Thanks for opening up my mind.

    1. Thanks for the visit and your comments, Shirley. I do sincerely hope everybody chooses to dance. It’s so much more fun that way! Please do come again!

  4. Joana Marie says:

    Hi! I would like to say thanks for sharing this to us. Very interesting article and the same with the poem. I love to read poem that have lot of meaning in life, like the one you do.
    Anyway, I would like to share this article to my friends. Your an amazing writer.
    Have a wonderful day!!!

    With a warm smile,
    Joana

    1. Hey Joana Marie…

      Thanks for the visit and your comments.  I do appreciate them.  Please do come again.

  5. Great article! It seems that some of us are born motivated and ready to take off at a moment’s notice and recognize our “gift”. Others need a little push. And that’s okay. You never know what’s going on in a person’s life. Those who need a little push may find it helpful to say to themselves every morning, several times if necessary, “I am a gift to this world”.

    1. Hey Cher:

      Thanks for your visit. I like your thought about affirming “I am a gift to this world.” It’s a truth after all.

      Please do come again….

  6. I love the way you wrote this article with pure heart, knowing that our life has an expiration time but sometimes we lose focus of our purpose and then we fall into the stress because we tried and failed and or its not quite happening as you thought it would, this article is full of motivation to keep striving forward thank you for your words.

    1. Hey Erick:  Thank you for the visit and for sharing your thoughts.  I do appreciate it.  I’m glad this thing’s been a help to you.

      Please do come again….

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