The other night I was chatting with a friend over dinner. Enthused by something she said I replied that’s it! and that’s what, if I had more courage I would say on the website.
Hmmmm… well life is short and we never know what is going to happen so I guess this is as good a time as any for me to kazump my courage levels and throw the net open on my comfort zone on what might be too much to say, and then again what might be too little…
Because yes Throwing The Net Open is about discovering your truth and trusting it, but it’s also about developing the courage to trust life.
What does this mean!
To trust life is a mindset of trusting that the circumstances in our lives have to be happening, that we will learn from them, perhaps not knowing why but trusting that when the time is right, we’ll understand. That yes life can be brutal beyond imagining but that the human spirit has the awe inspiring ability to go beyond our pain and suffering, and more that to use our pain and suffering to heal – ourselves and others. Nelson Mandela did this when he decided to promote forgiveness above revenge. Jesus did this when he said turn the other cheek. And people on this planet are doing it every single day.
When I was in Rwanda in 2004 a decade after the Genocide I was blown away by folk who said they chose forgiveness over everything else. Simiarily when I was working in Cambodia setting up a pilot project for a foundation and speaking with farmers based in the Rattankiri region some of whom had been a part of the Khmer regime, sitting side by side some who had not. And the gentleman leading the NGO we partnered with, who himself had grown up in refugee camps and was using his experiences to support his fellow country men something in all of these people was about rising to the greater challenge to go beyond their individual suffering and support something larger then themselves. Just as there are people on the planet who every single day are using their journeys and learnings from seemingly unimagainable paths to help the rest of us wake up a little bit more.
Throwing The Net Open is to broaden the horizons of our mind and question the confines we settle for. It is to start learning to touch into and trust and enjoy the intelligence that beats in all our hearts, that blows the leaves on the trees, that coordinates the planets and the stars in the galaxies around us and gave birth to you and I and 7 billion plus other people on this planet and created the ocean and the solar system and the rainforests and the deserts and the incredible diversity that is so mind blowing we as a human race have done our damnest to try either to control it, or understand it and so perhaps then be better able to control it…
Last century there was a poet who described the process of learning to trust life so beautifully, articulately and compassionately that I would like to share his words with you. In many ways this letter from Rainer Maria Rilke to a young poet reads like a letter from life to us: a forgetful tribe intent on making life harder for ourselves. So I can’t say hey if you come on this journey and start trusting life more this will happen and this won’t happen, instead all I can do is wonder at the mysteries that lie ahead of all of us when we start trusting a little bit more and trying to control a little bit less. I’d love to hear about what it means for you in the comments below!
In the meantime, here’s to throwing the net open, day by day, whenever and if ever possible.