And before we've stepped foot into the woods, we've put a monkey on our backs with our own thoughts. Well, at least that's how my brain often works.
One of the gifts I received this Christmas is a book by the choreographer Twyla Tharp called The Creative Habit. I'm a few chapters in, and truly impressed by her creative discipline, which begins with understanding her own thoughts about everything. Including fear.
Our ability to grow is directly proportional to our ability to entertain the uncomfortable.
Are you uncomfortable reading that sentence? I was for a second. But if I think about all discomfort using the exercise metaphor (using muscles causes discomfort which then causes stronger better bigger muscles) then I begin to see the uncomfortable as a launch pad for something great! Just changing the thought around the thing makes it less of one thing (fear) and more of another (challenge), and then I no longer hesitate.
Today's piece is an abstract inspired by the little things growing in the forest...lichens, mosses, algae. And like our budding ability to embrace the uncomfortable, they play a mighty role in the world.