aha9: rise to it


There are occasions in life when all we want to do is —

Shrink back.

Fade into the background.

Sneak out of the room.

Pull the covers over our head and pretend we didn’t hear —

It isn’t what we think or it isn’t that bad or —

Surely this will —


Something’s coming at us too fast, too slow, sideways or maybe even —

Right between our eyes.

“Why me?  Why now?,” we moan.

And then —

In the midst of all our dodging and ducking and doubling over in doubt, we stop in our well-heeled tracks.

We stop.

Listen to the stillness.

Breathe in.  Breathe out.

And rise to it.

We meet the moment, look it squarely in the eyes and give it an honest answer.

The answer might be “I’ll pass” —

Or it might be a giant step up to the plate.

Whether it’s yes or no, we have risen.

We have played our sacred parts in the unfolding mystery of life.

Is there anything you are reluctant to rise to in your life today?  Are you holding back because you think you have to step up, but you don’t want to?  Can you let yourself meet the moment honestly and decline with ease?  If not, why not?

ORIGINALLY POSTED JULY 22, 2011 on everydayahas.com

Author: Julie Ann Stevens

My art flows from the patterns & paths of my lived experience which ⏤ like yours ⏤ are at once deeply personal and entirely universal.

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