In a post I have never forgotten, Seth Godin wrote that we rarely need more time in order to make a decision - but the time we often need is to decide whether we choose to decide. Make decisions with more ease, by accepting that not the decision, but our resistance in making it, is our real obstacle. It is all about fear, really.
A ten meter tower is probably a very good example for it. A short film portrays without much comment people who never did a ten meter jump in their lives. The camera portrays their struggles, their coping with fear, and that is just as we all are: The family of man, dealing often with similar worries, challenges - and as a family of man we fortify and learn from each other. So much compassion, sympathy, and respect goes out from us when we watch it. Here is the video.
We are linked to our siblings on the ten meter tower more often than we might think. Questioning, deciding to do it, now, and then, oh no, shrinking, looking again at the edge, looking in another direction, listening to others or refraining from doing so. Start fresh, or rather not? Accept that we are made beautifully and very well from a supreme intelligence that is Love? For a good decision we need something - and this is trust. An inner jump, you might say. And where does it come from?
For me Mary Baker Eddy has encapsulated beautifully what this can be about and how a decision can be made with confidence:
"Two individuals, with all the goodness of generous na‐
tures, advise me. One says, Go this way; the other
says, Take the opposite direction! Between the two I
stand still; or, accepting the premonition of one of them,
I follow his counsel, take a few steps, then halt. A true
sense not unfamiliar has been awakened. I see the way
now. The guardians of His presence go before me. I
enter the path. It may be smooth, or it may be rugged;
but it is always straight and narrow; and if it be up‐
hill all the way, the ascent is easy and the summit can
be gained." (Miscellaneous Writings, p. 347)
Who is writing?
In my work as Christian Science practitioner and as a writer I draw on listening to God and listening to people.
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